Last night I sat with CJ and discussed what I should do about my ankle, as I had injured it earlier in the week. Then I thought how sad it was that I was having this conversation with my husband instead of with my doctor. But having this conversation with CJ was free and a doctor’s visit with an X-ray? Two weeks worth of groceries we can’t buy for our family. And that’s with insurance. 

We spend tons of money per month on health insurance we never use simply because we are penalized for not having coverage. Yet our copays and deductibles are so astronomical, we avoid going to the doctor’s like the plague; even if we have the plague. My “white coat syndrome” shouldn’t stem from fear of being unable to pay my bill.