Healthcare Is Broken will be a series that chronicles my journey as a patient in Massachusetts. It has become necessary to document what has become a stressful and dangerous journey.
Once again, I am at odds with the healthcare system. I pay for both Harvard Pilgrim Health Plan and Medicare. Medicare is no longer a primary, and that’s been the case since last year, but not many know. Even Dartmouth-Hitchcock, who administers both insurances, did not know since they kept telling me Medicare was the primary. So bills are going to ‘collection,’ and neither insurance wants to pay for my healthcare. What can I do? Who do I call?
Massachusetts is supposed to be the mecca of healthcare, but not for this Black doctor who became a patient.