Stigmatized for No Health Insurance?


So it’s been a few weeks since I’ve blogged (a big thanks to my supporters inquiring about my absence).  Unfortunately I was down with a brief illness and I am currently working on a project for a new client, so I’m learning to manage my time so that I can focus on my blog, since it’s really what I love to do.  I’ve since recovered from my illness, which brings me to the title of this post.  When I resigned from my full-time job mid July, I was under the impression that I could immediately sign up for healthcare through the Affordable Care Act. Unfortunately, coverage for my family wouldn’t go into effect until September 1.  You can guess by now, that during the lapse, I came down with a sudden illness.  At first I thought I could self medicate but when my symptoms worsened, the reality was I needed help from the medical professionals.  Because I didn’t have health insurance, I felt that I wouldn’t receive quality care or I would be shamed for not having insurance.  After a day of self-inflicted pity, I swallowed my pride and realized that my health is more important than any stigma associated with not having health insurance.  I found a great Urgent Care center, Perimeter Clinic in Buckhead (I will do a thorough review soon), paid a small office fee, received a prescription for free medication and ‘white glove’ service from the staff, particularly the Physician Assistant (who tactfully scolded me for not seeking help at the onset of my symptoms).

It’s so unfortunate that I allowed the fear of the unknown to jeopardize my health. I can’t help but think of so many others out there needing medical care but won’t seek help because they have no health insurance or the funds to pay for treatment.   If this is you or someone you know, I implore you to put your health first; worry about how you plan to pay later.  Your family and friends need you; and your body will thank you for it!

Good health to you all!!!

photo courtesy of huffington post canada

1 comment

  1. Thanks so much for this post! I encounter people through my work that face this issue. I’m glad to hear of your positive experience and will refer my clients to that facility.

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