The unfortunate failure in the system was her admitted failure to get it looked at. Not the healthcare system. Did she look into Medicaid? ObamaCare?I have been living in Germany for going on 23 years now and have been super happy with the health care here. It is one of the reasons I would not want to go back to the US.
So back in 2010 I got married to a woman I had been after my whole adult life, for over 20 years we had been friends sometimes a bit more sometimes a bit less...
She was self employed and had had a contract in Texas which turned into a disaster and she lost tons of money, couldn't keep her health insurance. She moved back to San Diego and had an issue, didn't think it would be too bad and she was very afraid to go into debt so she didn't get it looked at. Turned out it was more serious than she knew, We had gotten married 9 weeks before when I was home for a visit and were planning to get her moved here, ended up flying back to make the decision to take her off life support.
She was 43 and otherwise quite healthy.
Here she would have been covered under my insurance until she started working then would have had her own, could have just gone to the doctor of her choice any time.