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The U.S. has spent over $20 billion in emergency department and inpatient care for opioid poisonings —so no wonder why doctors are cautious. It still leaves chronic back pain patients who aren't abusing the system, who actually need pain relief with nowhere to turn. Is there a way to make it fair? We are not sure. What we can do is take a walk inside the emergency room doors and find out what it's really like for a chronic back pain patient to find pain relief.
The DEA raided the inside of Marion Veteran Affairs Medical Center in Marion, Indiana because they purchased 832,310 pills of hydrocodone. Within the first three-quarters of 2015, the quantity of hydrocodone progressed into more than one million pills. Today, the formerly investigated hospital accused of handing out opioids too freely is now cutting off all vet prescriptions...
Perry Hunt is a 53-year-old construction consultant, who needed a hip replacement. Hunt had health insurance but his insurance refused to pay for the surgery, and the out-of-pocket cost was going to be over $100,000. "I went on the MediBid website. I ended up finding a fantastic doctor in San Antonio, and I paid just $21,000."