Do people in Nevada, particularly Las Vegas, receive subpar medical care?
Health care is a big concern across the United States, especially in light of Obamacare.
In Las Vegas, which still has a very high unemployment rate, there are still many people that do not have health care coverage.
There are still scores of long-term unemployed who have lost their jobs, had their COBRA coverage run out and can simply not afford the high cost of healthcare – even with Obamacare.
The individuals affected often forgo routine health care and show up at various emergency rooms across the Las Vegas Valley when they became so ill that they must have immediate medical attention.
What kind of care do they receive? Generally speaking, the emergency rooms will attend to any life threatening situations and then refer the patient to a private physician, which as an unemployed or underemployed American, they cannot afford.
In contrast, if the person is an immigrant, someone who is in the country illegally, they often receive completely free healthcare for themselves and their entire families, including expensive and lifesaving dialysis treatments, while Americans who are underemployed or unemployed, and facing extreme hardships, receive subpar medical care which can ultimately contribute to an untimely death.
And if the person requiring medical care is a Veteran, living in Las Vegas, many veterans will say the situation is even worse.
Stanley Gibson, 43,a veteran who suffered from mental illness, begged the Veterans Administration for his medication and did not receive it. Police even took him a hospital and he was almost immediately discharged. Gibson ended up in an altercation with police was shot to death.
Kenneth Van Eaton, a veteran living in Las Vegas, was profiled by the LVRJ.
He says that he does not have confidence that the Veterans Affairs Medical Center could save his life because the medical center, in his opinion, is often overcrowded and understaffed.
Unfortunately receiving subpar medical treatment is a reality in Las Vegas, especially if you are an unemployed or financially struggling American Citizen, or a veteran living in the Las Vegas Valley.