Get it done yourself health care:
One morning a couple of months ago at Westchester Medical Center, Dawn Verdick gave Daniel Flood one of her kidneys.
Verdick and Flood were not friends or family. In fact, they were total strangers from the East and West coasts. But that’s not the most unusual aspect of this case.
The patient and donor were brought together after Flood’s three daughters placed an ad on Craigslist, the online classifieds site that offers everything from autos to real estate and guitar lessons to massage.
They borrow leftover prescription drugs from friends, attempt to self-diagnose ailments online, stretch their diabetes and asthma medicines for as long as possible and set their own broken bones. When emergencies strike, they rarely can afford the bills that follow.
In dozens of interviews around the city, these so-called young invincibles described the challenge of living in a high-priced city on low-paying jobs, where staying healthy is one part scavenger hunt and one part balancing act, with high stakes and no safety net.
Appreciate the self-reliance, fear the self-infliction. Self-health requires an ethics conversation, good or bad?