But even getting one of these tickets doesn't guarantee much more than one doctor's appointment. For a lengthy or complicated disease that requires many visits or consultations, the official solution is literally "Get back in line." One man here explains that during the course of his cancer treatment, he repeatedly stood in line for months to obtain the tickets necessary for each new appointment and treatment as the insidious illness spread through his body.
And because these treatments aren't available in smaller towns, patients and their families are forced to pack up and move so they can be closer to the treatment centers (and the lines in which they have to wait). They often move into establishments that have been charmingly dubbed "Cancer Hotels." They're like hospice centers, if hospice centers were exclusively located in strip malls and operated by racketeers.