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Let me tell you a story. When my daughter was hit by a car while attending college in Chicago she was taken to Cook County Hospital, a county hospital and the nearest trauma 1 hospital. In the neuro ICU with my daughter was the daughter of the woman who ran the elevator at the hospital. Upon discharge, my daughter went to the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, one of the best in the country. The daughter of the elevator operator went to the county rehab facility. A year later I was back in Chicago and visited the hospital. I recognized the elevator operator and asked her how her daughter was doing. She told me that she had passed. She had choked on her mucus in the county rehab and died.

When we discuss access to health care we need to recognize that if someone is rushed to an acute care hospital they will get the same care whether they have insurance or do not. In fact, in the case of trauma, you want to go to a county hospital because they have the most experience in dealing with trauma. However, once you leave the acute care facility care depends on insurance. Too often we focus on our technological successes but people more often die of bed sores, infections, poor nursing care, improper medication, etc. Here’s where the real discrepancies in health care lie.

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Michelle’s surgery went very well. She’s in a splint and will be in a cast for three more weeks. Thanks for all your support and prayers and thanks to the wonderful staff at the Hospital for Special Surgery.

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Michelle is having orthopedic surgery on Monday, September 17th at the Hospital for Special Surgery. Keep her in your prayers.

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