During 2000, I worked with the SBA Disaster Assistance program assisting families who sustained damage from the flooding and sewage backup throughout the Detroit area. I entered a home that had fecal matter sitting in the basement for a month. Upon inspection of the area, I became sick. The next morning when I awoke I was bleeding from my nose and ears. My SBA supervisor sent me to the Oakwood Medical facility in Dearborn. A doctor attended me for about five minutes and requested an EKG, and lab work. The lab work, EKG and radiology were administered. After completion, I waited two hours and the doctor still had not returned. I checked myself out of the hospital. The doctor called me that evening and asked if I knew what the problem was. I told him your the doctor not me. He said I think it is a virus. I said I thought it was a bacteria of some kind and reminded him I had been bleeding out my nose and ears. His diagnosis as a virus eliminated any payment to the hospital from the government and completely ignored the fact the EKG showed an irregularity in my heart and I informed him I never had an irregular heartbeat. For two years I struggled appeal after appeal to get the federal govt. to pay this hospital bill. Their policy according to the reviewer is not to cover a medical claim for a virus. Two months prior to this assignment I had the VA do an EKG and it was normal. I have all the documentation. I am not eligible for any govt. coverage for any future heart problem because of this doctor's diagnosis. My EKG remains irregular. I refused to pay the hospital bill and they are now attempting to get the money via a collection agency. Within 30 days of my problem, an article appeared in the Detroit newspaper that two convicts in a Detroit prison were shoveling fecal matter from the storm--the next day they died.
Cons: An overworked doctor failed to diagnose my medical problem correctly causing many problems