"Mercy Killers" Examines Trials of Health Care System

by Cory Fisher, for The Union (western Nevada Co, CA) on Oct. 28, 2913

                 Michael Milligan

               Michael Milligan

New York actor Michael Milligan was in the middle of a public play reading when he started to feel weird. He excused himself and rushed home. As the pain in his body began to escalate, he started to weigh his options. Should he go to the emergency room? How much would it cost? What would happen if he didn’t? Would it pass? What exactly was wrong with him?

In a panic, he attempted to diagnose himself online and decided it could be kidney failure. Milligan didn’t have health insurance, and the free actors’ clinic was not open on weekends. It was Friday night.

“When I saw online how much it would cost to go to the ER, I decided not to go,” he said. “I didn’t want to spend all the money I had in the world.”