Sixty-five year-old Waneta Timmerman never had health insurance, that is until she joined Kaiser Permanente through Colorado’s health insurance exchange, Connect for Health Colorado. Waneta had been concerned about the affordability of health care and also got the impression that no one wanted to accept a new member who was in their 60s.
As soon as she became a Kaiser Permanente member, Waneta went in to see a doctor about her bad hip that was preventing her from keeping up with her beauty shop. Her orthopedic surgeon, David Wiener, MD, determined that her hip was extremely arthritic and proposed a hip replacement. Within two months, Waneta was scheduled for and underwent surgery.
Just a month after surgery, Waneta was up and running and the care that Kaiser Permanente provided has allowed her to be able to continue doing what she loves. She notes, “Today, my hip is great. I’m able to walk and do the things I need to do in the beauty shop.”
And the satisfaction with Kaiser Permanente isn’t just one-sided; Dr. Wiener proudly claims, “I have a unique position in society in that I have the ability to help people like this, and that is as good as it gets!”