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 Robin on August 14, 2014 at 7:47am

I was speaking to Ricks cousin yesterday! Get this! Her neighbor pulled his hamstring quite badly. He was hospitalized and they were giving him morphine for the pain, it was so bad. They released him after a few days and the hospital sent him home with a script for 10 percocet pills.  10! He had to go to the specialist the next day. The specialist KNEW he was in agony and told him that he would NOT write him for any more pain pills. This man can barely move at all. The doctor REFUSED! Said no, you have to go to a pain management specialist for that! So, my guess is now, no doctor will write ANY pain meds for any patient. Doctors are referring all patients to pain management doctors. How is the hell is THAT going to save money? Now, you have to get multiple doctors involved, adding to the HC costs. This is insane! 

Comment by Jodi180 on August 14, 2014 at 2:28pm

Thanks for this update, Robin.  These kinds of stories are what we will all eventually learn when we need medical care.

And in my opinion, 'pain management' should be for long-time chronic pain, not an injury or surgical procedure.

Comment by Dennis Bartlett on August 14, 2014 at 4:52pm

Who was it that said " you ain't seen nothing yet " ? Well we haven't .

Comment by Griswold on August 15, 2014 at 8:46am

Dang Robin, I feel for you, sending you and Rick prayers.

Also what is happening with meds is that the government is forcing different doses of meds to be made. One that I've been on for years is no longer available because it can no longer be made in the dose I use to take. It's a combination of meds, part of the pill is the same dose, part of the other med in it, is a lower dosage.

Comment by Robin on August 16, 2014 at 6:28pm

Jodi, I agree with you 100% :)) 

Thanks so much, Gris! Yes, The govt. is messing with everything! I pray for us all! 

Comment by Robin on August 26, 2014 at 11:18am

Update:  So now the doctors have stopped giving Rick his sleeping meds as of about a week ago or so. Thank goodness Rahthrae told me to get him Valerian, which is natural and you don't need a script for it. Honestly, it works MUCH better than the ambien he was taking!

And, to add insult to injury, just yesterday the cancer doctor told him that he will no longer write his anxiety medication after the script he gave him yesterday! Told him to get it from his pain management doctor. The pain management doctor will not give this to him either. 

So folks, THIS is what is happening. This is happening to a cancer patient that has had high anxiety ever since he was diagnosed with cancer. Thank Obamacare! 

I have my medicinal herbs book out! Believe that! 

You all better start looking into alternative things for medications! 

Comment by Jodi180 on August 26, 2014 at 11:25am

What's happening is wrong on so many levels, Robin.  I'm passing this on.

Prayers are with you both.

Comment by Ruthann on August 26, 2014 at 12:48pm

Robin, I'm praying for you & Rick. Not happy with people dying now they want us to suffer first!

Comment by kwicgov55 on August 27, 2014 at 4:07pm

Robin, so sorry for what you guys are having to go through. Hopefully, there will be comparative or better alternatives in your medicinal herbs book that will help Rick. Praying for the two of you.

Comment by Robin on August 28, 2014 at 12:41pm

Thanks Jodi, Ruthie and Gris!  The Valerian is working! Rick sure does sleep with it! I could kiss Rahthrae right on his face for that one! LOLOL   Grab medicinal herb books ladies. We sure are going to need to know this stuff!  

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