Helped someone on the street yesterday. Can't escape the job even on vacation. Saw someone on the ground, struggling to get up, first instinct to walk past without stopping but saw that he was really struggling. Went over to him, someone else stopped too, we tried to help him up, asked what had happened. He said he was weak, couldn't get up. He was outside a medical office, so I asked if he had just come from the doctor. He said he hadn't. Someone went into the medical office and called for help. The guy said no, no, he didn't want help from the medical office.
"I don't have insurance."
"But you can't even stand up by yourself."
"But I don't have insurance."
"You need help."
"But I don't have insurance. Just leave me here."
We got him to a bench, asked where he lived. He said he only lived a few blocks away, and said he just needed to catch his breath and call his wife.
"Are you sure you don't want us to call an ambulance, or get a doctor?"
"No, no doctors. I don't have insurance."
"You sure you're going to be okay?"
"I'll be fine. I don't have insurance."
Clearly, there is something wrong with our health care system.
(I don't have any answers.)