Florence Morning News Newspaper Archives Nov 10 1957, Page 36

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Florence Morning News (Newspaper) - November 10, 1957, Florence, South CarolinaAfford be sick by Jean Komaiko Art by Elmor Jacobs not Long ago i visited a Friend whose husband had been gravely ill for months. Alice was upset about included. You she said tearfully Only a Rich Man can afford to be really sick " i thought about her words but i doubted them until a Cousin took seriously ill while vacationing in the South. When Fred s wife showed me the Bills for his 31-Day stay in the Hospital i could understand what Alice had meant. Here s what the Bills looked like room and Board two bed room operating room Laboratory pathology drugs dressings antibiotics intravenous feedings oxygen Electrocardiogram transfusion three nurses each Day at each doctor s and surgeon s Bill 12 family weekly november 10, 1957 50.00 756.00 12.50 734.00 519.00 54.50 118.50 in Short one month of sudden and severe illness Cost Cousin Fred his Small savings account was sadly depleted and of course the Angures Tell nothing about his loss of income during this period or the usual expenses of maintaining his Home wife and two children. Fred s Story is a frightening one but it s far from unique. Each year the Cost of Long sickness and Dis ability in America reaches the staggering total of billion to the families involved desperate to restore a loved one to health this often Means lifelong debt dependence on relatives or Charity or even worse the abandonment of treatment altogether. Fortunately most of us Are healthy the average family spends More for recreation than for medical care doctors dentists hospitals drugs insurance four and one half percent of our average amount spent for medical much when we consider the skill attention and Good health we get in return. The big problem is the Long or chronic illness which saps the health and resources of the whole family As Well As the victim. This being so what can we do to Cushion the blow of such a calamity should it occur in our family the first thing is to practice prevention. If that sounds simple and trite the facts indicate otherwise for 70 percent of americans fail to have an annual physical checkup. Far too Many wait for a minor complaint to become a major illness be fore seeking help. Moreover millions of others ignore the medical services of their communities free Chest a rays special clinics ear and Eye examinations for children. Prevention in t the doctor s Job 365 Days a year we decide the food we eat the hours we rest and How much we smoke and drink. Second most of us can learn to budget ahead for future medical expenses. No one can predict an emergency but we can estimate routine costs medi Cal and dental checkups vaccinations shots obstetrical care and a dozen other things. Finally and most important we can buy Protection in the form of medical surgical insurance. There Are now five types of voluntary health insurance available

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