Patients spotlight affordability

Here’s a section of the press “pool report” by Keith Darce, San Diego Union Tribune, covering the Governor’s visit to the emergency department of Scripps Mercy Hospital in San Diego. You can link to the article he wrote, but this is the background he wrote for use for other reporters:

The emergency department was crowded with doctors, nurses and other hospital workers. About 40 patients were in the department, most of them hidden from sight behind drawn privacy curtains.

Schwarzenegger met with three patients, all of whom have health insurance. The governor was quickly ushered to the bedside of Evelyn Hare, 81, of San Diego, who had arrived an hour and a half earlier after suffering side effects from medication.

“Good to see you,” Schwarzenegger said. “How are you feeling?”

“I’m feeling much better,” Hare replied.

“I wish I could live to 81. You look really great,” the Governor said….

Next, Schwarzenegger visited Ivy Harris, who lives in southeastern San Diego. She was making her second visit to the emergency department since Friday due to complications from a March 20 surgery to remove intestinal blockage.

“The hospital is taking good care of me,” Harris told the Governor. She questioned Schwarzenegger about how his health care insurance reform plan might affect unmarried women such as herself, and she noted that her out-of-pocket costs for health care have increased substantially in recent years….

Just a reminder that real people are concerned about rising out-of-pocket costs like co-pays and deductibles, and health care reform needs to address the issue, not just the affordability of the premium.

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