When David Hage counts his blessings this holiday season, he’ll be numbering a couple that most take for granted: his eyesight and feet.
Last year the unemployed, uninsured senior developed a painful foot infection and was suffering from poor eyesight.
He needed medical attention but didn’t qualify for Medicare or Medicaid. He wasn’t sure where to turn until he heard of Peak Vista Community Health Centers, one of 15 area charities receiving grants from The Gazette/El Pomar Empty Stocking Fund.x
“I expected maybe limited care or less than top-quality medical care, and it’s just not true,” Hage said. “Peak Vista uses the best doctors, the best hospitals, the best of everything and sees that you’re taken perfect care of regardless of your financial situation.”
Peak Vista doctors treated his infected right foot and a circulatory issue that might have otherwise taken his left.
They also diagnosed him with cataracts and performed surgery that improved his vision from 20/2400 in one eye and 20/2200 in the other to 20/20 in about a half hour.
“The day after the surgery, I could see the building on top of Pikes Peak,” Hage said. “Before, I was hardly able to drive and stumbling and couldn’t see.”
For each doctor’s visit and surgery, Hage paid only a “small, limited” copay, saving him thousands of dollars.
“I know you can go to the ER and by law they cannot turn you down, but that’s a hard, difficult and embarrassing process when you have zero money and zero insurance,” he said.
“It’s a whole lot more comfortable to get the quality care that Peak Vista provides.
“There are others in our shoes: no Medicare, no Medicaid, no jobs. We didn’t know what to do. We were scared. We walked in and were treated like gold from the very first day.”