Living in a van and cancer patients

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Hawaiian sunset.

David knows a married couple, who sold their house in San Diego and are now living in their van in Hawaii.  I was surprised to hear this, because I thought it was illegal to park and sleep.  They really like being members of 24 Hr Fitness, because they can take a shower there.  David said that if he ever found himself living in a van, he would clean up at the gym before going out for job interviews.  How resourceful.

On MSN.com, I read that cancer clinics have been turning away cancer patients, who are on Medicare.  The clinics claim that, due to sequestration, the only way they can survive is by not treating these patients, who need cancer drugs.  Apparently, the reimbursement for these drugs is very low.  When will the misery end for these patients?

Only six more years and David will retire.  He can hardly wait!

14 Responses to “Living in a van and cancer patients”

  1. Christine Says:

    It makes me appreciate Canada’s health care system to hear these things Gigi. We have terrible wait times in emergency and a shortage of beds but treatment is available for all.

  2. Jeanie Says:

    I heard that same report about Medicare patients and cancer treatment. There are so many scary things going on with our health care system these days, especially for older poeple it seems.

  3. DJan Says:

    I am so glad I don’t have to try to figure out how to fix such a broken medical system. I am on a Medicare Advantage plan that is accepted at all our hospitals, but this is scary, Gigi!

  4. SchmidleysScribbling Says:

    The sequestration (Obama’s idea) is being blamed for everything. I think the culprit in this case is more complicated. Cuts to Medicare to fund Obamacare, drug companies blocking the import of less expensive generic drugs manufactured in India, and other incompetences are largely to blame.

    Also, many drug companies shrunk their inventory during the “Great Recession” and they have fallen behind in meeting the growing demand for Baby Boomer needs. Something similar is happening across all health care.

    If I had a house in San Diego, I would not sell it.

    During the water problems here, several years ago, many of my co-workers showered in the gym at work.

    Dianne

    • Reginald Says:

      It wasn’t “Obama’s idea”. I know it’s hard to stay informed with all the misinformation out there, but you need to at least attempt to approach topics with an open mind (as opposed to merely filling it with right wing talking points).

  5. Suzanne Says:

    I would not want to live in a van. If you are going to make that choice though, temperature wise, Hawaii is the best state in the country to do so.

    The budget is such a mess.

  6. Kittie Howard Says:

    Sequestration is not the brain child of any one person but evolved after the debt ceiling disaster. Both parties agreed on a situation so horrible no one would think of doing it. Well, time passed. They are. Oncologists are authorized to purchase meds for re-sale to patients (as many are administered in the doc’s office). Prior to sequestration docs purchased the med with their own money, then added 6% to cover postage, admin time to log them in and so on with minimal profit. Sequestration cut the 6% to 4%. Docs can no longer break even, let alone see a minimal profit, so they’re turning patients away. Sequestration gets worse on April 27th.

  7. LC Says:

    Lots of scary stuff! My mother-in-law is recuperating with us after some setbacks following a new heart valve. That means three Medicare folks in one house, her, my husband and me!

  8. Cathy Says:

    And we think we have problems!
    When you say ‘van’ Gigi do you mean what we would call a caravan (you say trailer) or a minivan/suv/4 wheel drive thing?
    Cathy

  9. Denise Says:

    This is how Gregg wants us to travel around when he retires, a vehicle that will hold a mattress in the back. I would be very worried about the security and have said no. He is braver than I am. I wonder if this couple who sold their home views this as a temporary situation so that they can enjoy Hawaii a little longer? I admire David’s attitude by the way. The medicare situation sounds scary too.

  10. SchmidleysScribbling Says:

    Reginald yes, I agree it pays to be informed. My information, which comes from several credible sources says the sequestration was proposed by Obama.

    The sequestration consists of the re-instatement of the old Graham-Rudman cuts which were initiated under G.H.W Bush and led to budget surpluses during the Clinton years. The GR cuts were done away with under Bush II by the Democrat Congress, but Obama offered to reinstate them to cut a deal with the Republican House.

  11. Musings Says:

    This is so scary!

  12. palolo Says:

    The YMCA would be cheaper. Showers, weight room, steam room, free towels and safe parking for 3 hours.

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