How Long ?

How long ?  How long will I live ?
How long will I need my savings
– carefully accrued around
redundancies and employment –
to support my medical care ?

My father with motley genes
survived twenty years longer
than I have so far.

My mother with a poor family
medical history lived nine
years past my present age.

Nowadays we humans live longer.
Both parents survived two
death bed calls, months apart,
finally died after the hospitals’
third death bed calls.

So how long will my hard won
savings keep me alive in
our tottering health system ?

How Long ?