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A New Prescription for Healthcare

My family and I have experienced our fair share of health crises over the years. In 2001, my father was diagnosed with end-stage renal failure. As his condition deteriorated, I — a university student — was quickly thrust into the role of parent to my three youngest siblings. The cost of care forced my family onto public assistance. In 2005, my mother had a stroke from the strain of being the sole breadwinner, prompting me to assume additional responsibilities.

During this time, I began to face my own health crisis: prostate cancer. When I presented to my insurer for coverage, I was denied because they determined it was a pre-existing condition. Knowing the immense challenges we all face in dealing with our current healthcare system, I want to write a new prescription to cure what ails our loved ones, and the greater economy: