- Business notebook: Cape salon picked as one of nation's top 200 (4/17/17)
- Man out on bond for alleged molestation of boys charged with abusing girl (4/18/17)
- Pilot House goes smoke-free (4/23/17)10
- New policy for semissourian.com online commentary: No pseudonyms (4/17/17)59
- Without city record, Marie Street residents on hook for thousands in sewer repairs (4/19/17)7
- Going the distance: Several locals participate in Boston Marathon (4/18/17)2
- Event includes the first public tour of 200-year-old Elmwood Manor (4/23/17)3
- Cape councilman Bob Fox to run for mayor (4/21/17)5
- Deputy: Man kicked, broke uncle's ribs after yard-work dispute (4/19/17)
- Scott County: M Kay Supply in Benton fills unique needs in community (4/14/17)
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