An interview with Evva Pryror, a social worker and consultant to Miss Rand's law firm of Ernst, Cane, Gitlin and Winick verified that on Miss Rand's behalf she secured Rand's Social Security and Medicare payments which Ayn received under the name of Ann O'Connor (husband Frank O'Connor).via eruditeogre
As Pryor said, 'Doctors cost a lot more money than books earn and she could be totally wiped out' without the aid of these two government programs. Ayn took the bail out even though Ayn 'despised government interference and felt that people should and could live independently... She didn't feel that an individual should take help.'
But alas she did and said it was wrong for everyone else to do so.
ETA: On a friend's Facebook, a right-libertarian left a comment about Rand paying her taxes. I left this comment there:
Diane, cancer treatment is very expensive. That's why we have socialist programs like Social Security and Medicare, and it's why people like Ayn Rand are perfectly willing to take advantage of socialist programs when they need to. The money quote: "'Doctors cost a lot more money than books earn and she could be totally wiped out' without the aid of these two government programs." When the chips were down, Rand accepted the logic of socialists: from each according to ability, to each according to need.