I know most of the postings on here are about traffic and the streets but as I read the front page of SCF it indicates anything to help the community. So at the risk of being bounced off - I am going to give it a try.
I run a support and educational group for Diabetes. I myself have problems. I moved here in 2007 and was appauled at the lack of health care support here comparitively.
There was nothing for Diabetics, there is only one free clinic and that is only for that section of New Haven residents, there are no free pharmacy clinics. My shock comes from the fact that Connecticut has soooo many colleges and the biggest "enterprise" is Yale. Yet hardly anything is given back to the community here.
We need more health care access to those who desperately need it. Its a shame that when I came to Connecticut I had no insurance at first but needed a perscription refill I had no other choice (exhausting all information) but to go to the ER for it. For absolutely NO SERVICES what so ever, waited three hours to spend less then 2 minutes with a doctor who wrote me a perscript based on my medical records I brought with me - cost? $541 This is absolutely absurd! Not only the cost but the fact that I had to resort to the ER to do it.
The other saddest thing is that I don't qualify for state aid because I have no children and am not married. All I need and want are my routine blood tests done and revaluation of my meds. I am not one who gets sick, who needs medical attention nor who runs to the ER for every scratch and booboo. I take very good care of myself, educate others on the same and live a healthy lifestyle. But I cant afford to get my blood work done to see if my medications need tweeked.
I need your help - your voice - in chiming in to demand more free clinics, a free pharmacy and a Diabetic and Endocrine resource center. I have come up with a great plan to help with these clinics to take off the financial burdan of the state. We need the public to come forth and demand it. To push for it. To help finding solutions.