I'm a 46 year-old male (44 when I suffered a series of heart attacks, open-heart surgery, and another heart attack); I've had unsuccessful FDA trial surgey on L4/L5 and a neck fusion with screws and plates that has deteriorated.
Everything was fine when I lived in Montana: my pain management care, though not always perfect, allowed me to work as a state's attorney and live a relatively active life. I now live on the Big Island in Hawaii, and the pain management care I'm receiving from the local HMO is so deficient that I'm no longer functional and my quality of life is zip. Now, drastic surgery is being suggested and I don't have the "shelf life" to waste a year recovering from risky surgery (assuming I survive).
Exactly how long is someone to lie around in constant pain, just waiting for the inevitable because their HMO won't provide the proper care? For the record, doctors seem to flee this island, in part because of pressure from the DEA, so it's not just as easy as finding another doctor.
I don't get it, people with sprained ankles have OxyContin, and I just have to lie here waiting to die.