Wednesday, November 2, 2011
Financial Struggles And Losses When Diagnosed With A Chronic Illness
My being reduced to part-time work will cost me over $1,000,000 in salary alone over my lifetime, plus the cost of lost benefits (i.e., from my lower income I had to pay my own health insurance premiums), and lower retirement income (no more employer pension plan, less income to put into an IRA, and paying less into Social Security).
To anyone who accuses a patient of "faking" for the financial benefits, get out the calculator to see how much those "munificent" sums we receive from Disability REALLY cost us in the long run, and then tell us we're "doing it for the money".
I want my old life (and income level) back!