Health Editor’s Note: Why do we have this type of situation in the United States? This is not an isolated incident. People who cannot afford their medical care feel forced to just end their lives because they cannot pay the exorbitant medical fees for doctor’s appointments, tests, etc. People are driven to choose whether they can buy their medications or eat. A serious operation or disease can bankrupt a family while trying to keep a family member alive. We have to be a better country than this. This is not a “firearms” issue. This is a “not looking out for our fellow humans” issue….Carol
Elderly couple in apparent murder-suicide indicated they could not afford medical care
by Marina Pitofsky The Hill
An elderly couple in Washington state was found dead in their home in an apparent murder-suicide, authorities said, and police say they discovered notes about the couple’s struggle to afford necessary medical care.
A 77-year-old man living near Ferndale, Wash., called 911 Wednesday morning and told the dispatcher he was contemplating suicide, according to a Facebook post from the Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office. The sheriff’s office wrote that the dispatcher tried to keep the man on the line, but he hung up, saying, “We will be in the front bedroom.”