Medical Hot Potato!!! Our evolving story of wading through the mess of our Healthcare system.......

I am writing this to give some insight on our experiences with our HC system now, as opposed to before Obamacare was passed.

We have our own insurance through Blue Cross/Blue Shield. It is a very excellent policy! I am very lucky to have it.... For now! 

My husband Rick was diagnosed with Non Hodgkins Lymphoma a few years ago. He is stage 3 and his type of Lymphoma can't be cured! With that being said, and even with great insurance, we are seeing the effects of the healthcare law that was passed.

I have never before had anything denied, ever! Rick has been denied having a PET scan, which is the scan needed for a person with Lymphoma to see how many lymph nodes have the cancer in them. We have over 600 lymph nodes in our body. The lymph system is our immune system, for those that don't know that. 

We were shocked that a test needed by the cancer doctor to assess Rick's cancer progression was denied. The doctor then had to write things a different way with different wording to eventually get the latest PET scan approved. Rick has had about 6 PET scans to date. I can see this will be a problem from now on with the scans because he is terminal. 

Rick also was prescribed pain medication by the cancer doctor. He NEEDS them! It has now become a problem getting his pain medications.  The cancer doctor advised us that he wanted the family physician to handle his medications. He gave me a print out of what he wanted Rick on. This was about 6 months ago. The family physician had no problem handling this, until this past month. The family physician then told us that the government is watching every single prescription they write and advised that Rick should either have the cancer doctor handle it, or go to a pain management doctor. So, we go back to the cancer doctor and he said he would send him to the pain management doctor to handle it all. The cancer doctor also stated that the govt. is monitoring every single thing with a microscope. Yesterday, I take Rick to the Pain Mgt. specialist and when it was time for him to give Rick his medications that he needs, the doctor looked visibly uncomfortable and said, I thought the cancer doctor was going to handle this. I became quite annoyed and leaned into him and said, Noooo, THAT is why the cancer doctor sent him to YOU! He then tells us the SAME THING I have heard from the other doctors. That the govt. is coming down hard and they are afraid for their licenses. 

I have to note that this Pain Management doctor has now PUSHED to put Rick on Medical Marijuana! Twice! I told him that I don't want that shit in my house, and to write his medications he needs. 

Why is this doctor pushing Pot? My take is that;   1. The governemnt wants them to do this, because they will get the tax revenue from it. 2. The drug companies won't get the money from the sales of prescriptions and 3. Because I have a small co-pay for any prescription, the insurance companies won't have to pay the majority of the cost of his prescriptions. 

Needless to say, I am angry! Very!!!  Rick has had trouble with high anxiety ever since he was diagnosed with Lymphoma. Who wouldn't? So now, because the doctors are scared to death, they are increasing his anxiety by turning him into a medical hot potato! 

Is this the America that we knew? Is THIS what it is all coming to? Are we just that expendable? My answer is, YES! If you are terminal or are seriously ill, you should just die already!  Or, at least that is how the ruling class feels about the rest of us! 

Being the badger that I can be, I got his medications!!!!!!!  For now! 

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Comment by JeansBrother on August 7, 2014 at 2:23pm

Robin, in spite of the trials you and Rick are experiencing, you have provided a very lucid and objective description of what you are going through.  I hope for both of you that the crushing bureaucratic leviathan relents and gives you some peace.

Comment by Jodi180 on August 7, 2014 at 3:35pm

Wow, Robin....so sorry to hear about these UNNECESSARY struggles that you and Rick are having.

It's truly, and literally, 'sickening' what our government is doing to us.

Prayers are with you both, my friend.  Going to add to tids because folks need to know what's coming.

Comment by Dennis Bartlett on August 7, 2014 at 3:51pm

Robin , My prayers are for you and Rick . 

Members of my family have had cancer including myself and it's a tough road to hoe and I thank you for your story as hard as it is to tell it and hard for us to see it .

It must be told and told again so others have an idea of what they may be in for. 

We are able to give billions to other countries and illegals but not for our own citizens , absurd !

Comment by Robin on August 8, 2014 at 7:53am

Thank you JB, Jodi and Dennis, for all your kind words! It means a lot!  Like Rick said, of all times for him to get cancer, it would have to be when we get someone like Obama and his administration in power! Rick used to be as engaged as I am with all of this that is going on. Once Obama was elected again it really took the wind out of his sails! He said that his reelection just signed his death warrant! The "death panel" is real. I am seeing it more and more. Now worries folks, I am tough and I am a fighter! I am also a realist. I take one day at a time! 

Thank you again!

Robin

Comment by Jerseygal on August 8, 2014 at 9:18am

What a run-around, Robin!  Nobody should have to go thru this crap, and I'm really sorry that you and Rick are caught up in it.  You are both in my prayers!  God bless.

Tweeting this out!

Comment by Ruthann on August 8, 2014 at 10:09am

 Robin, I'm praying for you and Rick.

Just got this: MEDICARE AT AGE 76. Your hospital Medicare admittance has just changed under Obama Care.You must be admitted to a hospital by your primary Physician in order for Medicare to pay for it! If you are admitted by an emergency room doctor it is treated as  outpatient care where hospital costs are not covered. This is only the tip of the iceberg for Obama Care.

Just wait to see what happens in this year and 2014!  At age 76 when you most need it most, you are not eligible for cancer treatment * see page 272.

Comment by RNhunter on August 8, 2014 at 12:01pm

Robin, sorry about what you are going through.  Sorry Rick is ill.  It seems that Obamacare does work, unless you are ill.  As for the government watching everything, is that the same government who killed more than 300 people in Fast and Furious and then covered it up?  Is that the same government who killed 1000 people or so, war veterans, in the VA and then got bonuses and now want more money?  The problem with dictatorships, is that often they are most stupid and evil and least working people around.

Sorry about your issues Robin.  I wish the best for you and your family.

Comment by kwicgov55 on August 8, 2014 at 3:40pm

Robin, so sorry that you and your husband are having to go through this! There is no doubt that "badger" that you are, you have got Ricks back. Know Robin, that we have yours!

I will keep you and Rick in my prayers.

Comment by Robin on August 9, 2014 at 9:32am

JG, Ruth, RN and Kwic! 

Yes, we all will be going through this eventually if we become ill. It is quite upsetting! I only hope and pray that we can get rid of this monstrous nightmare!

Thank you all so much for all of your prayers and wishes!

Comment by Robin on August 9, 2014 at 7:07pm

Taken from twitter! 

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