winter Tammy Fogall, a reader in Colorado, told me about her family’s
“troubled summer vacation,” as she called it. A visit to relatives in
Ohio had turned into a medical nightmare that left the family struggling
with a $12,000 bill plus a ringside seat to observe what happens when
doctors and hospitals make mistakes.
after they arrived in Chillicothe, her 43-year-old husband, a retired
Army National Guard staff sergeant, suffered a burst appendix that
neither doctors at a local VA clinic or a small regional hospital where
he was sent diagnosed correctly.