The coronavirus pandemic continues to reveal problems with America's troubled health care system.
"A 72-year-old from Longmont said he had an appointment for his first COVID-19 vaccine this week, but it got canceled on him because he had medical debt," 9 News in Denver reports.
Rogan told the network about his experience with his unpaid $243.85 bill.
"I never expected to have to pay up and be square before I could get the vaccine," Michael Rogan said. "I thought by my being 72 and a cancer patient that I would qualify and it would be no problem."
"They called me on Tuesday and scheduled the first and second doses of the vaccine," Rogan said. "Then on Wednesday, I got a call from someone else in the organization saying that I wouldn't be able to get the vaccine until I paid my outstanding bill."
Reporter Chris Vanderveen outlined his frustration covering the story in a Twitter thread:
THREAD Wanna walk you through this story @jennifermeckles and I worked on yesterday. It involves a really nice g… https://t.co/llS6YwUCcG— Chris Vanderveen (@Chris Vanderveen) 1612551205
Michael was miffed. So was his partner. She contacted us to see if this was right. In essence, she thought, a me… https://t.co/3bgUNkNweS— Chris Vanderveen (@Chris Vanderveen) 1612551208
That CEO told me he would fix this. And he did. By yesterday evening, he had called Michael to apologize and say… https://t.co/jwrJapoNsL— Chris Vanderveen (@Chris Vanderveen) 1612551209
over the years, we have erased hundreds of thousands of dollars of debt for people. i've had long conversations w… https://t.co/fgUbbUTXj2— Chris Vanderveen (@Chris Vanderveen) 1612551210
Anyhoo... here's last night's story... thttps://www.9news.com/article/news/health/coronavirus/vaccine/medical-deb… https://t.co/KjyGv4TCur— Chris Vanderveen (@Chris Vanderveen) 1612551211
Bottom line... If someone gives you some reason why they can't give you a vaccine in the middle of a pandemic, assu… https://t.co/ZuaOcIKUy4— Chris Vanderveen (@Chris Vanderveen) 1612551213
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