A family from Westwood, California, decided they were ready to move to a remote community for a new life after hearing of a local outbreak of the coronavirus.
But they were not prepared for the hardships of trying to get into a new state, where the cost of healthcare is skyrocketing, and where even the government is being held accountable for the crisis.
“You go to the doctor, and the doctor’s going to give you a shot for free, but the cost is too much, you know, so what do you do?
We were thinking about moving to another state,” said Jaelie and Larry Reeds, who are from nearby Walnut Creek.
“And we thought, ‘Okay, this is going to be good for us.'”
Their story is a cautionary tale for people like them who are in dire need of healthcare.
Walnut and Westwood have the highest rates of hospitalizations and deaths of any county in California, according to a new study.
Walnut and Woodland, both in the San Francisco Bay Area, are about 50 miles from the border of the United States and the United Kingdom.
The Reeds and their family moved to Walnut Falls in February 2015, and it was the first time in their lives they had been in a state that they did not know existed.
Walnuts, the only son, said he didn’t have a clue what was going on in the US and that his family would likely be unable to afford the bills.
He said the family spent $6,000 on gas to get them into the US, and they are still paying off that bill.
“We have no savings, so we’re just sitting here, waiting for the government to give us a hand,” said Larry.
“I don’t know what I would have done.”
The family had an understanding with Walnut County that they would have to pay for the hospital stay, and then some, but they did have some support from the community.
They were able to find a family doctor, who agreed to give them the shot.
The Reeds said they didn’t get the shot that was supposed to come, but that they still have hope.
They are optimistic that the government will soon be able to offer them a vaccine, but it’s unclear if it will happen soon.
The CDC has been slow to respond to the coronivirus pandemic, and many residents of California have had to flee their homes.
As of October 3, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention had confirmed the coronapid coronaviral infection rate has risen to nearly 3,000 per 100,000 people in the state, with more than 14,000 cases and more than 21,000 deaths.
Walters Reeds described a feeling of relief after learning of his son’s condition.
“My son’s still alive.
He’s still here, and he’s still healthy, and that was the most amazing thing that I’ve ever heard.
You know, a lot of people are still afraid, but there’s hope.
There’s hope that we’ll get the vaccine, and we’ll be able do something good for our community.”
The Reed family is just one of many Americans struggling to get the right health care, and a growing number of states have begun to implement programs that make it easier for people to get healthcare.
Some have expanded Medicaid coverage to include families with children.
But for some, it may not be possible to afford a doctor visit and still have access to health insurance, even if they qualify.
“It’s hard to make ends meet when you’re in the middle of this, but at least you can afford it,” said Linda Hensley, who has been a caregiver in a nursing home for over 15 years.
“I think that’s a big difference.
You can go to your doctor and get checked, and you can see the doctor you need and get a prescription for medication and everything.
That’s not happening.”
Some healthcare providers are not even prepared to take the challenge seriously.
A Kaiser Health News poll of 1,200 doctors found only 40 percent of respondents thought that the US could afford to pay full-time healthcare providers a living wage.
The poll found that healthcare providers have been reluctant to step in to provide care in an emergency.