Since moving to Benton County two years ago, I have been constantly appalled at the way people are treated here. Aside from being ripped off basically every time I've done business with anyone here, I've recently discovered just how little the medical community seems to care about the welfare of the citizens in this county. If you show up at the emergency room in Corvallis at night, you have to pay them $900 up front? I've never heard of such a thing. That wouldn't be so bad except none of the "urgent care" facilities are open at night, another thing I've never experienced. It seems to take an awful long time to get in to see any of the doctors here as well. So what's a person supposed to do if they get sick or injured at night?

I have a decent job here but, thanks to Obamacare, my deductibles are so high that i would have to pay the entire $900 out of my own pocket. I wonder, has anyone died outside the ER waiting for that magical hour when Samaritan decides it no longer needs the $900 to ensure me quality health care?

I'm from a backwoods, conservative, small town in Ohio. I thought things would be much different out here in "progressive" Benton County but not worse. It doesn't seem like "progress" to me. I bet if i were homeless or an illegal alien, there would be a way around some of this nonsense.

Lance Kreis

Alsea (Dec. 4)

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