Today is Sunday, February 26, 2012. I took the photograph above last week. My apartment is within an eight-story building housing 90 low-income elderly and disabled individuals, an ambulance parks outside my window at least once a week. Sometimes my neighbors and I return. Sometimes, not. The cost for Medicare, Medicaid, and other services to go on the gurney ride to the hospital and beyond is many times higher than the cost of preventing and treating.
The following article appeared in the October, 2011 issue of HME News and it still reflects an ongoing concern. Following the article, I will provide a memorial note on one of the residents who did not return.
The money saved as a consequence of concentrating on what is right will astonish the body politic
” I have saved up enough pills to kill myself,” a neighbor told me, “if I ever have to go to Centre Crest.”