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Julie Reaney: A hospital’s ‘hot potato’

When a local cancer patient received news that her liver cancer had returned following two-plus years of treatments, pain and fatigue, four hospitals with red tape and no sense of urgency have allowed her to continue failing.

To date, some three months later, one hospital responded after another two-plus weeks passed with a “you’re too weak for surgery.” I wonder why. Yet another conflicting opinion. Most have not or will not even respond to her daughter’s requests to even speak to the doctor for status on the most current referral, let alone, order another PET scan immediately and perform appropriate surgery.

As this victim of an unresponsive, insensitive health care system stated, “Animals obtain significantly better care by veterinarians. In cases of emergency or urgency, they can either be seen and treated immediately or the next day.”



What has gone so terribly wrong that this kind of situation is allowed to exist?

If you, a family member or friend have had similar experiences, please share. What did you do about it? Did it work? Have you any fresh ideas on how to change these problems? Please respond to The Union’s editor.




Julie Reaney

Alta Sierra


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