Before COVID, Adriana, a 60-year-old resident of downtown Miami, had been working hard as a waitress--in spite of serious health problems.
In May of 2019, she had such severe abdominal pain that she was unable to walk or talk and was forced to go to the emergency room. Doctors told her that she needed a colonoscopy to determine the cause of her gastrointestinal issues and stomach pain and a brain scan because of her severe migraines. She tried to get those tests at the local public hospital, but has been unable to get an appointment. She went to another non profit hospital to see if she could get the tests at a reduced cost. The colonoscopy alone was $900. Despite being in severe pain and not knowing what was wrong, Adriana continued to work.
“Without a job, I don’t have money, I don’t have anything, I don’t have health.”
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