There's been a lot of discussion lately about health care from the vlog brothers. I don't know much about it, but I agree with them that it needs to be fixed. I've never had issues with it until now, but I'm starting to see some of the issues crop up in my own life.
I hurt my ankle more than 2 years ago falling off of a horse and it never fully healed. My doctor finally decided that surgery was the only remaining option if I didn't want to feel pain every time I walk. So I agreed, only to find out that the procedure costs $13,000. All I could think was WTF? I'm one of those lucky college students in that my parents are paying for my schooling and welfare, and luckily they have insurance. I'm really worried about them though because my Mom lost her job, and they are running out of money trying to pay for college for me, and now they have to pay $3000 out of the total amount of the surgery out of their own pockets. They've already been saying that they don't know if they have enough money to send me to college long enough for me to get my degree, and now they are paying for this. I feel like I should help them pay, but I don't have any money either.
It makes me wonder what my doctor's real motivation for giving me the surgery is. Is it for getting me better or for the enormous pay check he gets for doing it?
In writing this, I was just thinking that it would be sweet if the Foundation to Decrease World Suck could accept donations and then give out scholarships for both medical procedures and for college so that young people wouldn't have to go through the stress I'm experiencing now about being able to finish college and whether I should decide to skip out on the surgery so that I will have more of a chance of my funds not running out. That was a run on sentence. Sorry grammar nerds.
So, what do you guys think about a Nerdfighter scholarship program? What do you think I can do to decrease the monetary burden on my parents for paying for my surgery?