Advocating For Yourself in Healthcare: Doctors, Pharmacists, and Insurance Providers

Kara Monroe
9 min readNov 2, 2023

I’m continuing to tell the story of my journey with endometrial cancer. I speak openly and honestly in these posts so if that might offend you, please feel free to check out my newsletter or my other writings instead.

It was the $188 pregnancy test that threw me over the edge of the American Medico-Legal Landscape.

For those of you, who like me, don’t have a need for pregnancy test on a regular basis, I decided to cost check them at five local stores and one online retailer. The prices range from $5 — $20. And, the best that you get as a result from the fancy-schmancy $188 pregnancy test? It’s “presumed” that I’m not pregnant.

Unless immaculate conception has come back in style, I can assure that at the present time I’m not pregnant.

In the last month I’ve had three pregnancy tests including one the day of my hysterectomy which, unfortunately, didn’t remove all of the endometrial cancer from my body. And, hence, we will begin more treatments soon.

I don’t begrudge the medical community the fact that it takes a lot of people to provide care in this day and age. From the admissions technician and billing clerks, to the materials management folks and transporters (what my mom did at our local hospital for about a decade), to the nurses, to all of the testing and lab technicians, to the actual “providers” — doctors, physician assistants, and nurse practitioners — everyone must be paid. The facilities where care is provided also need to be clean and sterile. It takes a lot of supplies to provide care and very specialized tools. And, we all want care provided quickly and efficiently. And, all of these facilities and providers must navigate the medicolegal landscape — which in America is the exact reason why I have had to have three pregnancy tests in the last month.

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Kara Monroe

I am a world traveler, part-time road warrior, and home body all wrapped up in one gadget-loving package. Writer, photographer, chef, and aspiring artist.