Sick Note

Sick Note LLC
Your stories from the nightmare of American healthcare.
Created 11 Nov 2020
  • On grief, with Ashley Feinberg
    18 Feb 2022 12 1
    Content warning: This post contains discussion of death and suicide. If you or someone you know needs help, call 1-800-273-8255 for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. When someone you love dies...
  • Hospital CEO Pay Not Most Evil Thing
    14 Feb 2022 7 1
    (Photo by George Rose/Getty Images) One of the great paradoxes of American healthcare is that the most profitable hospitals are nonprofits. These tax-exempt institutions make up most of the biggest na...
  • Why I'm turning on the paywall
    11 Feb 2022 11 4
    I’m writing to you today to let you know that starting this weekend, some Sick Note posts will be behind the paywall. If you subscribe to other Substacks, you might not have seen as much fanfare from ...
  • Guest post: My million-dollar body
    09 Feb 2022 10 0
    Credit: Peter Dazeley via Getty Images I’m thrilled to publish another early-career journalist today, writing about her own experience with the healthcare system. Holly Cortland was never afforded the...
  • Poverty doesn't make you strong
    06 Feb 2022 8 0
    A homeless UC Irvine student prepares for bed in his car, October 2013. (Photo by Ed Crisostomo./MediaNews Group/Orange County Register via Getty Images) This week, I want to focus on this piece from ...
  • The hero tax
    03 Feb 2022 • 12 min read • 12 0
    Photo by B.A. Van Sise/NurPhoto via Getty Images) Just before Christmas, the Biden administration announced an extension of the pause on federal student loan repayments, “as we manage the ongoing pand...
  • Good news can be hard to believe
    31 Jan 2022 • 7 min read • 5 0
    A man from Ecuador waits with immigrants and undocumented residents ages 55 and over to receive a COVID-19 vaccine on March 14, 2021 in Stamford, Connecticut. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images) The Fr...
  • Guest post: The hell of seeking paid medical leave
    26 Jan 2022 • 11 min read • 13 0
    (Photo by H. Armstrong Roberts/ClassicStock/Getty Images) Today, I’m republishing a post from last year by Samantha Grasso from Discourse Blog, the wonderful site that grew out of the ashes of my form...
  • Medicine for All
    23 Jan 2022 • 9 min read • 15 1
    (Photo by Universal Images Group via Getty Images) One year ago today, I wrote about how much I was struggling with migraines. I was having quite a time with them; I had a headache or a migraine almos...
  • Googling Covid tests in poor America
    18 Jan 2022 • 12 min read • 14 2
    Cars line up at a drive-thru Covid-19 testing site in El Paso, Texas on January 12, 2022. (Photo by PAUL RATJE / AFP) (Photo by PAUL RATJE/AFP via Getty Images) Tomorrow is a long-awaited day: The Whi...
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