Blue Sky Dream: A Memoir of America's Fall from Grace by David Beers

By David Beers

Beers' strong memoir recounts his family's international, the realm of middle-class suburbia, from Sputnik to the current, and writes of the good institutions—the executive, the multinational companies, the church, the suburban tract domestic neighborhood—in which his family members placed their religion, and the way that religion was once betrayed.

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And, of course, not once has cost been a consideration. All the consultations and procedures, the lab work, the technicians’ time, the prescriptions and medications, and not once have I even had to fill in a claim form. S. system to comprehend. At one point I needed an allogeneic stem-cell transplant. A sister who lives in California proved a match and flew over to act as a donor. The cost of her flight was paid for by the NHS, and at Barts she was welcomed, made comfortable, and given every assistance in assisting me.

Seffrin, chief executive of the American Cancer Society. ” Those who have been diagnosed with a serious and therefore expensive illness like cancer often find insurance companies either unwilling to cover them or demanding unaffordable premiums. One in ten people with cancer said they could not get health coverage at all; 6% said they actually lost their coverage because of their diagnosis. Many companies respond to diagnoses of serious illness by immediately reviewing the patient’s initial application for insurance—in the hopes of finding evidence of a failure to declare a pre-existing condition, which, however minor or unrelated to the newly diagnosed illness, may give them an excuse to deny or revoke coverage.

Like other NHS patients, I know from my own experience what nonsense this is. At Barts I’ve been treated with assiduous care by an amazingly skilled and THE PRICE OF EXPERIENCE 41 committed staff. I’ve benefited from cutting-edge therapies, multi-disciplinary approaches, and strong communication among and between doctors, nurses, and other staff. I’ve been given choices and I’ve been helped to make them. And, of course, not once has cost been a consideration. All the consultations and procedures, the lab work, the technicians’ time, the prescriptions and medications, and not once have I even had to fill in a claim form.

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