The lady with Parkinson’s
Health insurance for the aged needs to come of age
A few days ago, as I walked from office to the local market for lunch, an elderly lady standing on the roadside started speaking to me. I assumed she was asking for money and quickened my pace. Fortunately, my sixth sense made me turn around and ask her what the matter was. I then saw that she had severe Parkinson’s disease, and her right arm was shaking uncontrollably. She asked for directions to a well-known homeopathy hospital in the area. As I opened up Google Maps to find the shortest walking route, we began talking. The lady had tried to get treated in government hospitals but was unable to get to the right doctors. She decided to give homeopathy a try because it seemed more accessible and affordable. Did she have insurance? I knew what her response would be. As the hospital was a 20-minute walk away, I hailed a cycle rickshaw to take her there.