Addis man gets medical help he needs after NBC33 launches investigation

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POSTED: Wednesday, January 23, 2013 - 8:03pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, January 23, 2013 - 9:05pm

Carl Begnaud needs heart medication to control his high blood pressure and has been experiencing shortness of breath for months. The only problem is he's been waiting since an emergency room visit back in august to see a doctor or nurse from Earl K Long.

"August 27th or 29th all the way to the 19th of December, that's a long wait. And they let me walk out of there with no blood pressure medication."

Begnaud was all set to finally see someone for help on the December 19, but when he got to his appointment he was put on yet another waiting list.

"One of the health care providers had quit. Or actually their exact words when I called them up to check on it was resigned,” Begnaud explained, “At that point all they said was, 'whenever we get somebody to replace her we will call you back. Or if you want to call us and we'll put you on a list.'"

But with the threat of more cuts and decreased funding to the hospital system Begnaud is worried his problems with getting in to see a doctor will only become worse.

"What are we going to do for healthcare? If they cut back and we don't even have her and they're putting me on hold again waiting for an appointment or just to see if they hire somebody. What's that going to do? I know I am not the only person. I know that for a fact," he said.

NBC33’s called the LSU Health System, after bringing the situation to their attention a spokesman said their office will be launching an official investigation into Begnaud's situation. Officials are also trying to get in to contact with him to set up an appointment as soon as possible. They also hoped to extend an apology for any inconvenience Begnaud experienced.

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