In med school, a mission found me. But it will never be just a job — cancer and grief brought me to it
choosing between bankruptcy or death. Image by Nathan Gray

A young widow who lost her husband to cancer nearly drowned in grief and medical debt. Now Fumiko Chino is a cancer doctor who sees her own tragedy play out in other patients. Too often people are underinsured and financially burdened by the cost of cancer care. Faced with a choice between their money and their lives, some patients lose both. Healthcare leaders must work to find ways to reduce costs and maintain policies that protect people from shoddy insurance. We must stop illness from triggering financial ruin.

Chino and Nathan Gray were colleagues at Duke University Medical Center when they began collaborating on this graphic op-ed. When Chino saw the first finished version, she emailed Gray: “Your work is stunning, and once I stopped crying, I’m really impressed how this story condenses into such a tightly packaged comic.”

Read more and see Nathan Gray’s images in the LA Times.

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