George Graham

Perils of Privatization 3

My privatized health care adventure continues to befuddle me. One Home Care Solutions told me (at the last minute) on Friday evening they were not coming to administer my IV infusion, and referred me to Integrated Home Care Services.

But Integrated now assures me One Home Care is responsible for my IV infusions under their contract with CarePlus.

Baycare’s Rhonda is coming to administer my antibiotic this afternoon – pro bono once again – and I am told that’s it for Baycare. As of 1:30 p.m. Monday, nobody else had agreed to pick up the ball.

I will have one dose of the antibiotic left in the fridge but nobody to administer it. The course of treatment is supposed to last two more weeks.

But at 2:15 p.m. I got a call from Gloria, a supervisor at CarePlus, informing me that she had straightened it all out. One Home Care Solutions would be sending a nurse to my home, starting tomorrow.

Will the nurse arrive as scheduled? Nobody came last time. And what will I do if they don’t?

My only recourse, I guess, will be to call Lakeland Regional Health Center as the antibiotics are part of my discharge order from that hospital.

You think if I can find nobody to fulfill the order, I will have to be readmitted to the hospital for the rest of the treatment?

Surely, there must be some more sensible – and cost effective – solution?

After all, isn’t saving money what privatized health care is all about?

About the author


I am a Jamaican-born writer who has lived and worked in Canada and the United States. I live in Lakeland, Florida with my wife, Sandra, our three cats and two dogs. I like to play golf and enjoy our garden, even though it's a lot of work. Since retiring from newspaper reporting I've written a few books. I also write a monthly column for