Juliet Bernstein is a prime example of how badly the American healthcare system fails so many! Bernstein, who is 108, had to launch a gofundme to raise capital for her home care needs.
“A retired schoolteacher who is physically frail but mentally sharp, Bernstein, who was born before the first world war, hopes to remain in the modest Massachusetts home where she retired, receiving help to cook, clean and bathe.
“I saw it was being done for someone whose child was very sick,” Bernstein, a longtime civic activist, told the Boston Globe. “So I said, ‘I’m not going to go to a nursing home. I’m remaining here.’”
Bernstein has raised more than $100,000 so far, an impressive figure that still may be spent down quickly, given the realities of the American healthcare system. Bernstein’s home care is not eligible for Medicare or Medicaid assistance. She cannot afford private insurance for long-term help, living on her modest pension and social security.”