I'm one of the lucky ones. When the new healthcare insurance system was put into place last year, I managed to find a plan that was very similar to what I had before, except for one big difference. The monthly premium ended up being about
of what I had been paying. That's right,
Okay, I was probably paying too much to begin with
, but I know several people who had to pay more, couldn't go to their doctors of long-standing, had to get a much higher deductible, etc., etc. All negative stuff.
Of course, there is
big positive of the new healthcare insurance law, namely that many, many people who didn't have or couldn't get healthcare insurance in the past, can now do so.
No matter how you feel about our healthcare system and the insurance that does or doesn't cover the costs, the following photographs will remind you
how great it is to be healthy
(something I too often take for granted).
© Amos Chan (based in New York City)
© Jon Love (based in Sydney, Australia
© Rosanne Olson (based in Seattle)
© Robin Moyer (based in Hong Kong)
© Neal Wilson (based in the UK)
© Bill Gallery (based in New England)
© Ron Wu (based in Chicago)
BTW, if you are in charge of a photo shoot requiring a real hospital location and real doctors and patients, my advice to you is:
start planning early
. Even if you have the written permission of the doctors and patients (not so easy, but absolutely required), the hospital may put up roadblocks.
They don't want the photographer and crew even close to the hallways busy with medical traffic.
As for my new insurance plan, it kicked in just after I tripped on a typical, uneven NYC sidewalk, fell and fractured my kneecap. I'm happy to say that everything was covered from the emergency room care right through to the physical therapy sessions. I got a great pair of crutches out of the deal, not to mention a fully healed patella.
Even so, as good as it is, now that I've had chance to really test my insurance, I hope I never have to use it again!
Stay tuned for next month"s word: INDUSTRY