Tell Us: What's Your Worst Experience in the Health Care System?

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Tell Us: What's Your Worst Experience in the Health Care System?

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I recently compared health care system war stories with a fellow family caregiver. She was left hanging with a service that she needed. I was left fuming because of a doctor who wouldn't remove my mom's leaking feeding tube (a temporary feeding tube after surgery to remove one-third of her stomach to stop a bleed).

I'd love to know: What's your worst experience in the health care system? Your awful experience could be with a hospital, hospital staff, doctor, doctor's office staff, long-term care facility or facility staff.

Tell us about the awful experience in our comments section, below. I'm grateful for the time you take to share.

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Lins

There are two worst experiences that stand out the most. My mothers Primary Doctor never showed up\n the 7 days in ReHab, and the whole process of HMO's with referrals and approvals to get PT, OT and speech therapy, not to forget getting meds.

Lark

Dang!! When people say it is easier if you place your loved one on a facility I often tell them that depends on what you call easy. Frequent visits to say hello to your loved one turn into long hours asking why this is the way it is or have they given them a certain medication or trying to find someone who can tell you what the heck is going on. Your post, unfortunately, tells a grim story that is all to familiar.

Lark

Thank you for sharing. If these comments_mysql were not here I don't think I would believe these kinds of things happen.

Lark

\"Now he is afraid to be honest about health problems for fear that they will want to send him to a home.\" That is one of the saddest sentences I can imagine when talking about a patient needing help. We began to feel the same way at times. I had to do some fast talking to change the opinions of doctors and nurses. I posted here. If you read my post you will see how one of our visits ended. The doctor obviously was out of control. I am sorry you have to hold your breath at the hospital while trying to decide what to share with a doctor.

Lark

Your post made me sick to my stomach. He could have gotten sepsis and died. Your story is why I encourage anyone with a loved one in a facility to visit frequently and at different times during the day. You are an amazing advocate for your husband.\r\nAlso, I had the same experience with doctors when my husband was in the local hospital for a possible heart attack. Not one doctor or head nurse talked to me to let me know what they found other than one of the nurses said she was sure they would not be releasing him if things were not o.k. In addition, they did not have emergency vehicles available to take my husband back to the facility. They asked if I would take him and like an idiot I took him in our car. The facility people blew me out for bringing him on my own. They asked me what I would have done if he had started having tachycardia on the way. They said the hospital should never have sent him back in a private vehicle.\r\nVigilant. Always vigilant!

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