- A Whopper of an honor: Local company named top Burger King franchisee (11/15/17)3
- Decisions coming soon on steel mill, smelter in New Madrid (11/17/17)1
- Cape attorney Brandon Cooper to run for judge (11/20/17)2
- State audit: Bollinger County tax levies violate state law; county commission disagrees (11/17/17)3
- Cape native co-directs Thanksgiving-related indie film, 'Drinksgiving' (11/17/17)
- The Tungsten Groove to release first album featuring original songs (11/17/17)
- Southern Illinois farmer's grapevines destroyed by dicamba; four years of work lost (10/29/17)2
- 1 dead, 3 hurt in accident on Highway 72 (11/19/17)
- Son of Westboro Baptist Church patriarch discusses abuse, faith (11/15/17)6
- Crowell leads effort to cut low-income tax credits in Missouri (11/19/17)6
Early care is less costly
More health care for the poor is a good idea. Illness caught early is easier and cheaper to treat. Take me, for example. I have a primary brain tumor that could have been diagnosed in 1998 but wasn't until 2007. I haven't the foggiest idea how much the surgery cost, but my first round of chemotherapy was $750 per pill, 10 per week, for four weeks. The cost of the radiation treatment was probably quite expensive also. Then there are MRIs and maintenance drugs. I'm on my second round of chemotherapy now -- all avoidable had I had good medical care early on. Will we become that country where we turn our backs while our citizens fall dead in the streets?
I'd also like to thank the American taxpayers for funding the VA so I can get treatment.
ANDREW HAZARD, Cape Girardeau