SERIES: Healthcare in America #21, George Gross, This Is the Bronx

This is part of an ongoing series that gives Bronx writers a chance to share their personal stories on the state of healthcare in America.

by George Gross, November 26, 2018

My story actually is my wife Margaret’s story but we are so intertwined and our lives together so connected that I cannot tell her story without relating how it unfolded from both of our perspectives. It began, innocently enough, with two mistakes. First, only one of us got a flu shot: me. Margaret chose not to get one, thinking that she didn’t need it, largely because she travels to see family in a warmer climate. Then, we didn’t update our health insurance because we wanted to get a joint policy and thought that the enrollment period had passed. I will describe that mistake at the end. It is secondary to the crisis that I will tell now: the story of how Margaret almost lost her life.

It began so simply last February...

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