Meningitis Death: Fort Collins man di...

Meningitis Death: Fort Collins man dies from meningitis

There are 8 comments on the Fox 31 KDVR story from Jun 17, 2010, titled Meningitis Death: Fort Collins man dies from meningitis. In it, Fox 31 KDVR reports that:

Authorities have identified a Larimer County man who died from meningitis earlier this week as 29-year-old Brian Wormus.

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cable guy

Denver, CO

#1 Jun 17, 2010
that's too bad i feel bad for his kids .
BIG MOUTH

United States

#2 Jun 17, 2010
how does that happen, sorry for his boys
bob

Brighton, CO

#3 Jun 17, 2010
It happens because we have a country that values the CEO of United Healthcare making $1.6 billion per year more than it values helping the average citizen. It happens when anyone who discusses trying to change our healthcare system to bring it in line with the rest of the world being called "socialist." When did we become such a facist, corporatist society?
Ronnie

Henderson, CO

#5 Jun 17, 2010
I work as a Financial Counselor in the Emergency Department from local hospital. This is a tragic story for me because most of the patients I have to see in the ER are those who don't have health insurance. My main job is to help those uninsured patients coming to the ER to apply for federal, state or discount programs to cover part or all of their hospital bills. It's very sad that this 29-year-old man with children didn't want to see a doctor because he didn't have health insurance while this could have been solved with a single application.

There are several programs out there that patients may be eligible for. So, my advice for those who are reading this is that you should go to the Emergency Department if it is an emergency and you need to see a doctor right away! The ER cannot turn away any patient because they don't have the money to pay or don't have healthcare insurance. It's against the law!

If you are uninsured and go to the ER, please ask to speak with a financial counselor. We know the programs available out there and we know the rules. These programs have a lot of different guidelines and many people don't even know that they may be eligible for them when they go to the hospital.

Your life is more important than any hospital bill, especially if you have kids and a spouse.
diver

Denver, CO

#6 Jun 17, 2010
As tragic as it is, this is not something health insurance should have been in the way of. Insurance is there to protect you from financial ruin, not to let you into ERs and doctor's offices for $10/visit. If we'd just accept that it is okay to have a plan with a high deductible, we could have low/affordable premiums. Would you rather pay $1000/month and have the freedom to go to the ER for $10, or pay $500/month and pay $500-750 at the ER (for something like this)? Both cover big ticket items fairly similar, but our mentality is to do what it takes to get a lower co-pay. A shame.
brheil

Broomfield, CO

#7 Jun 18, 2010
Ronnie wrote:
I work as a Financial Counselor in the Emergency Department from local hospital. This is a tragic story for me because most of the patients I have to see in the ER are those who don't have health insurance. My main job is to help those uninsured patients coming to the ER to apply for federal, state or discount programs to cover part or all of their hospital bills. It's very sad that this 29-year-old man with children didn't want to see a doctor because he didn't have health insurance while this could have been solved with a single application.
There are several programs out there that patients may be eligible for. So, my advice for those who are reading this is that you should go to the Emergency Department if it is an emergency and you need to see a doctor right away! The ER cannot turn away any patient because they don't have the money to pay or don't have healthcare insurance. It's against the law!
If you are uninsured and go to the ER, please ask to speak with a financial counselor. We know the programs available out there and we know the rules. These programs have a lot of different guidelines and many people don't even know that they may be eligible for them when they go to the hospital.
Your life is more important than any hospital bill, especially if you have kids and a spouse.
Thank you so much for setting the record straight about programs available to the uninsured. What saddens and concerns me is the exploitation of this family and others like them. Yes,"exploitation" since the media and gov't push for the universal health care,which is not health care. The family could have called 911 and also talked to the hospital about the available programs. My condolences to the family.
YesterdaysNews

Tulsa, OK

#8 Jun 18, 2010
Poor guy and family. He should have gone to the emergency room regadless if he didn't health Ins. Let them bill you later and pay what you can on down the road. It's better than being dead and leaving your family alone.
Est Michigan

Portage, MI

#9 Jun 18, 2010
I hope no one else dies like this. He had his whole life ahead of him. For a country where someone can buy $360,000 car for his 16 year old son, it's a shame that a grad student who would have contributed back to his country should perish like this. I hope those who think health is cheap in america read this. It cost 2 young boys their father, a young woman her husband and a nation a man who could have helped us one way of the other. If you have some pennies to help with the education fund please donate. The wife is also a graduate student so all the help you can give matters!

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