A friend of IP4PI shares the story of another victim of government and insurance run medicine:
A 40 year old female, patient of mine in a previous practice, returned to me in my DPC practice. Her husband once had a good job and insurance, now with cardiomyopathy, and she is on medicaid. She returned to me with a 1.5 year history of intractable nausea and vomiting. I reviewed 800 pages of records. She had been to the ER 40 times, admitted 20. At 90% of these visits, she was misdiagnosed as having cyclic vomiting syndrome, given IV fluids, Reglan and antiemetics, and sent home. Buried in the 800 pages I found a markedly positive gastric emptying study. She has now been to the Cleveland Clinic, has received the correct treatment for her gastroparesis, and is finally improving. I guessitmate over $300,000 was spent on her (mis)care, when the proper care could have been given for well under 1/3 of that.