“In my opinion, our health care system has failed when a doctor fails to treat an illness that is treatable.”
― Kevin Alan Lee
I don’t know what was going through Ian Hartley’s mind when he jumped off the Otto bridge near Charlotte Michigan, but I do know he must have been suffering tremendously. His mother, Julie, a week prior, tried to save his life by taking him to the experts. The experts unfortunately, in this year of 2016, denied him help because they did not take her type of insurance. Ian Hartley was only 16 years old, and the CMH of Michigan chose not to help him.
What I typed above is absolutely true, it is in the Sunday paper of the Lansing State Journal. Written on 9-18-2016. This story affects me greatly, it shows how our society has failed Ian and his family. It shows how the medical community cares more about insurance procedures, then it does about life. I cannot even imagine the pain, anger and suffering his family feels, and what makes it worse is that they went for help. They went to the people who were suppose to save him.
I don’t believe the people who work in CHM are cold and calloused. The problem is the spider web of red tape that is put up from governmental regulations, insurance companies, profit incentives, and a ton of other things that makes this the most frustrating medical system that civilization has ever created.
Julie Hartley’s child died because of this broken system, he should have been an easy save. Whatever was going on, someone could have talked to him, gave him what he needed, pointed him in the right direction. Ian is gone, forever, so what can we do to stop this insanity?
I look at this story as a sign, a sign that we as a people need to stand up to this unjust bureaucracy, and say enough. Let the good people who are educated on therapy, get to the people who need them. Ian never got passed the gate.
Let me see if I can illustrate how terrible Ian was failed, and the outrageousness of the system.
CMH communicated to Ian that he was not worthy of help. Maybe they did not say that outright, but that is the message that was sent to him and his family. I know that feeling very well, because CMH has denied me in the past as well. I was in a state of disbelief and anger, because I felt society did not deem me worthy of life. The System has a way of making you feel that they don’t care about your welfare.
His mother went for help, and CMH made the problem worse. The only therapy Ian got was a big fat juicy no from the friendly gatekeepers of CMH. The people that could have helped him were probably less than 20 yards away from him at that time, and they told him no.
So, let us change the system. Let us get together and come up with solutions to stop this madness.
I am in the process of creating a website where we have certified counselors, and therapist who are online 24/7. So if you or a loved one needs help, they get help, on the spot, for free.
I am sorry the system failed you so terribly Ian, good bye.
You can get the full story on what happened, by clicking on Ian’s picture above.
We are going to help you fight this fight Julie