I went to the Obamacare website and learned that I cannot afford health care. The monthly premium was 908 a month with 7350 deductible. I only make 683 a month from my social security retirement. Even if I could magically afford that, then I would pay 20 for my Rx that costs 25. I could save 5 a month by paying 908.
I learned that the State of Texas will not subsidize my health care. I was given a special code to put on my taxes so I do not pay the penalty. See the attachment.
Description of my possible heart troubles follows.
So I request your best prayers for my health and safety.
I do my best to eat healthy foods and I take a walk daily.
I rarely get sick. I may get the flu for a few days every few years.
I cannot control drunk drivers or others hitting cars when I am riding.
I trust the Lord Jesus Christ to keep me healthy and safe.
The medicine that I take daily is for my prostate. It is normal for men of my age to have BPH. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Benign_prostatic_hyperplasia
When I am taking the medicine I do not need to urinate frequently.
When I was at the homeless shelter I went to Parkland. My clinic visits and medicine was free to me.
That perspiration expired and those in Ennis pointed me to Hope Clinic. http://call4hope.org/ They use a sliding scale based on income.
All of that is simple enough. I go to the clinic and get a new prescription. BUT there is a huge compilation.
I have been having MINOR pains in my chest on the upper right side. At first, I thought I had just pulled a muscle. But this has gone on for more than 3 weeks. The MINOR pains come and go.
I have stayed in the hospital one time back in 1996. That was after a hit and run accident that nearly killed me. Thus I request prayers for me as on the road.
Also, most injuries happen in the home. So please pray for my safety at home too.
Normally I have been very healthy all my life. I went 30 years and only saw a doctor 5 times.
Here are my concerns. I need to pay for ANY doctor visits, medicine, and tests out of pocket. I do not have any savings. I get by from month to month.
There are people I can contact on to help me financially. I am willing to do that like I did to afford my dentures.
I have faith in God that there will be enough money for me right on time.
BUT the medical establishment is a complex and costly system.
I have not hurt enough to go to an Emergency Room. If I did then they would send me a bill that is not small.
Basically, I have a moderate tolerance for pain. If I learned from reputable sources that I just need to live with it, then I could.
If these are warning signs of a possible heart attack or stroke then, OK. I am willing to take any tests, anywhere and anytime. BUT where is the best place to do that? Shall I seek those tests in Dallas or here in Ennis?
If and when I go to get tests related to my heart, then what? We are in a culture where doctors order some unnecessary tests. They want to cover themselves in case there are lawsuits later.
I understand and accept that, but I do not have health insurance. So where I go to get tests is a big question.
I do not want to foolishly minimize or maximize such tests. I do not want to just go with the cheapest option. I do not want to work with a doctor I cannot stand.
Here are my priorities for my health care:
Eat the most healthy foods that I can afford.
Take nutritional supplements as needed.
Engage in moderate exercise regularly.
Request prayers and expect healing or guidance to next steps.
(Note I have been healed in my body due to prayers dozens of times.)
Consider alternative medicine like therapeutic massage and acupressure.
Take prescription medicine as directed.
Reserve surgery as a last alternative.
I will soon call Hope Clinic for an appointment.
May God grant them wisdom and understanding about my condition.
May God guide and provide for the next step.
May I become totally healed soon.