~ Where the Sun Will Never Set on Our liberty ~
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!