Bethany's GP, Dr Julie Barker, referred her to Newark Hospital for the test.Government run health care: the pace and urgency of the average DMV. The friendliness of the IRS. The general hygiene of your average public restroom. Oh yeah, I want government to control health care in this country.
But when the youngster arrived a week later nurses found she was too thin for them to find a vein and referred her back to her doctor's surgery.
Ten days later Dr Barker tried to draw a blood sample from Bethany but could not find a vein. The GP then managed to refer the schoolgirl to a specialist paediatrician but could only get an appointment a month later.
This child waited more than 6 weeks for a simple blood test. She died because it was never an emergency. The 6-year-old weighed 30 pounds at her death.