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Hi, I posted on here last week about not having insurance and needing surgery and I thought I would give you an update.

After 12 days I finally got my surgery today, the doctor was a friend of a friend in OC and I paid cash. It cost around $7000 but that’s not including any follow ups or physical therapy.

This whole situation has made me very aware that I’m in an extremely fortunate position. My heart goes out to all those that don’t have insurance or friends of friends who happen to be doctors. The US has arguably some of the most advanced medical technology and greatest doctors on Earth, its just such a shame that unless you have a great job that provides awesome insurance, or you’re wealthy enough to pay for that insurance, its virtually inaccessible.

An example of the hoops someone would have to go through to get this surgery covered via medi-cal in San Diego:

From what we know and the 100+ calls we made in past week and a half, there are 2 orthopaedic surgeons in San Diego that accept Medi-Cal. One of them is UCSD, HOWEVER, UCSD will only see you if you were treated at their ER.

We absolutely could have gone to UCSD and tried to push to get the surgery, but by the time we found this information out, it had already been over a week of living with 2 broken bones and I couldn’t deal with the pain anymore.

For those wondering why i didn’t fly back to the UK for the surgery. Simply put, I’m already a pretty anxious flyer, the idea of a 10 hour flight with a broken leg sounded like hell. I also would have needed a doctor to clear me for flying since I would require an onboard wheelchair and additional assistance on the flight. Not to mention the multiple risks that come with flying with this kind of injury.

All in all, im feeling much better now that im finally healing and I appreciate everyone’s help in my original post! I’m not saying that the US should provide Universal Healthcare (although I genuinely believe this is a fundamental human right), but the main cause of frustration is a complete lack of information or willingness to help and it could all be avoided if this healthcare system wasn’t so confusing!

TLDR/ I got my surgery 12 days after breaking my leg through a friend of a friend who happened to be a doctor. We paid cash, the American Heathcare system is way more confusing than it needs to be and universal healthcare is a fundamental human right.

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