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Day laborer Gonzalo Moran says he was charged $300 for Tylenol.
Guardian photo by Reed Nelson

"Look Jim, if I show up at the clinic [nearby public clinic] I cannot be sure I won't be arrested and taken away. You know, it is more dangerous now. I can never be sure when it is safe to go [get medical attention]. But, you know what it is, I do not want to be like those others [Latinos] who have "no shame" [sin verguenzas] and want what they want for nothing. If I can I will pay my way, and if I can't, I can't. I'll withstand the pain and take care of it myself, even if I have to pull them [his teeth] out myself. "

Juan would medicate the gaps in his teeth with Tequila soaked cotton balls, and aspirin.

Quesada tried to get him help, but Juan had to cancel dental appointments repeatedly when jobs became available. Day laborers never know when the next opportunity may drive up to them.

This is what pushes Quesada and others to push for a merging of social work and health care. Some facilities in San Francisco have already moved that way, as hospitals like UCSF visit churches and community centers on weekends to reach out to undocumented people in need of medical attention. Still, there's room for change.

"Doctors shouldn't have be social workers, but social workers should be there in the room," Quesada said, saying that would go a long way towards helping undocumented workers find the help they need. But despite a lack of options, they carry on.

"They're valiantly making a go of it, and don't want to dwell on the negative," he said. "They don't want to be seen as fighting for basic human rights, as not fully human."

The man we met outside the U-Haul on Bryant, Gonzalo Moran, has three trade school certificates, one of them in floor tiling. But he longed for one thing: time to attend school so he could get ahead.

"I go to school all the time, you know, if I have it," he said. "But it's hard, we're always getting a lower wage." And it's a barrier. A barrier to health, a barrier to education, and a barrier to a better life.

 

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Posted by Guest on Dec. 11, 2013 @ 7:41 am

Jason Grant Garza here ... please go to youtube and type in Jason Garza to see over 250 videos regarding DENIED HEALTH CARE and my following up and holding accountable ... now, let me show you .... yes, SFGH security and the Sheriff ... on November 27, 2013 I went to SFGH (Medical Records) to drop off another IDR (Immediate Disclosure Request) under Sunshine in order to get my own medical records for a false 5150 committed by SFPD on 9/18 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-XzuUtR-7hQ and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AJlOgdW5QHk . This was after going in before and trying to followup on a prior IDR made https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=73mXXE8KJ-g

I was arrested by the Sheriff .... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ABIdrEsAx4I . Now, know ... NO ONE enforces MEDICAL LAW sort of like the violations (Civil Rights, etc) that the LA Sheriff department is facing problems over .... http://www.sfgate.com/news/crime/article/18-LA-sheriff-s-officials-charg... . I wonder if the FBI could come and INVESTIGATE ???

Please watch over 250 videos to learn the GAMES, INHUMANITY and Non-Performance ....

"In a TIME of Universal Deceit ... telling the TRUTH is a Revolutionary Act." George Orwell

P.S. I still do not have my medical records that I sunshined, IDR'ed, went in and complied with HIPAA to receive and was denied. Ask yourself ... how can I or better yet yourself be denied your OWN medical records ... watch the videos ... learn the GAMES and LAWBREAKING ... since NO ONE enforces Medical Law and apparently federal HIPAA law either.

Watch the 8/15/12 video to see DPH give the officers a FAKED FRAUDULENT restraining order .... WHAT MEDICAL CARE, WHAT HUMANITY and WHO ENFORCES MEDICAL LAW? Watch and find out NO ONE DOES ....

Posted by Jason Grant Garza on Dec. 11, 2013 @ 9:43 am

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