2010-01-22 / Columnists

Dorothy Dunne

Need, Not Greed
News Events/Travel Editor/Host • WNYX - TV Morning News • 12:00 noon on UHF Chs. 35 & 26 Monday - Friday

Unfortunately I came down with a ghastly virus Christmas Eve day and called my doctor immediately. He wasn’t in. He was on the road. I needed him to call in a prescription to my pharmacy. I called back and called back. “He was still driving,” I was told.

Thursday, Friday, Saturday the same thing. I did not get anyone to help me until Monday morning. That was his assistant who finally called in the prescribed medication.

All those days without help and to boot this doctor, as of Jan. 1 no longer takes patients with Medicare. He has been my internist some twenty years. I call that, ”NO CARE”!

It is getting very bad out there in the medical world. Many, many doctors no longer take on Medicare patients. Medicare sometimes does not cover the full payment, but I think they may charge too much for visits and the price of medications have gotten way out of hand.

What is the average person to do?

I don’t think Obama has the solution with his health reform.

I would like some feedback as to your experiences with the doctors of today. Incidentally, I found another doctor nearer to me who gave me a thorough exam and will check up on me every three months. And, he accepts my Medicare insurance. Look for the doctors who are there for your need not their greed. It went from brrrrr ….to sunshiny mild these past weeks with a welcome relief. But, we lost a few of our good neighbors during this time. Kevin Williams, whom I did not know, was in the construction business in Breezy Point.

He was much admired and loved and will be sorely missed by many. Kathryn Salica, whom I knew quite well many years ago, died very peacefully in her sleep at Sunrise Senior Living in Mill Basin where she enjoyed three meals a day, all the services she needed, and was surrounded by adoring friends.

She was 91 and enjoyed her stay at this assisted living complex.

The Funeral Mass was beautiful, conducted by Msgr. Curran and those in attendance enjoyed the voice and piano playing of Sr. Beata in between readings by Leigh Salica and Katie Salica and Caitlin Ferguson, gift bearer’s daughters Kathy and Mary Jane, and final loving farewell words by devoted son, Michael.

Condolences to all her children including son William and her grandchildren. Kay had a happy and fulfilling life and may she rest happily in God’s hands.

Donald Ritter, owner of the Surf Shop and his fiancee’ Casey were there. (Michael Salica is her step Dad and Kay her step Grandma).

Barbara Genoese and I spotted Ann Heslin among many others, some of whom I may not have remembered due to my memory loss.

In and around the city I covered the Accessory Show at the Javits. If it is big, bold and heavy it is in fashion. The Children’s Club the next day displayed the most adorable sparkly fashions for tots.

The New Yorker Hotel celebrated its 80th birthday with a live band, open bar and buffet hot food. It was a great party and we welcome its new renovations.

Travel:

Over at the Westin Hotel, Norwegian cruise lines promoted it’s latest deals: 3 day Bahamas RT Miami Feb. 5 Ins. $169; On the Dawn 7 day Bermuda RT Ins $499 3rd and 4th $340, Apr. 25; So. Caribbean RT Mi ami Mar. 26… $649.

For your next vacation you don’t have to far to pick up new duds. You have the Surf Shop nearby.

May 2010 be so good to you, you wish you had it back again.

Email me at: dorothydunne@yahoo .com and …….Away we go!!!

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