Health Care ‘Haves and Have Nots’ (Op-Ed in East Bay Times)

Sixteen words from my doctor changed my life. What worries me is that I think you are in the early stages of Parkinson’s disease. I was 48 years old.

Recently, I stopped by my local Walgreen’s pharmacy to pick up my Parkinson’s medication. As I waited in line, a woman told the pharmacy tech, “I absolutely have to have those pills,” pointing to a small white bag in the tech’s hand. “I can wait on the other two till next time. I’ll get them when I get my check.” She seemed to have made these kinds of choices before.

I imagined that trying to decide which medicine to prioritize felt like having to choose between food and water, or between clothing and shelter.

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