Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Aged, Frail and Denied Care by Their Insurers - New York Times

so what's the point, you know?
if you spend all this time paying for something you'll never get, what's the frakking point?

lately, especially with news of insurance companies denying care to pregnant women because it's not profitable (which could probably expose them to accusations of gender bias, as well), stories like these have moved insurance companies (and the actuaries who create these frakked up equations) onto my list of industries that probably deserve a flaming meteorite to hit them.


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Molly Malone said...

re: "my list of industries that probably deserve a flaming meteorite to hit them"

... yep. and i'll bring the can of hairspray if it does come.

Insurance co's do suck big donkey balls. particularly if you're a woman. incidentally, i once had insurance that disallowed me to purchase depo-provera from the pharmacy. the pill? the patch? fine. but the syrum for the shot? No. But they would happily subsidize a pharmacy purchase of viagra. i wonder if they'd've denied a diabetic insulin syrum because they'd prefer it be delivered by a doctor's office?

different insurance company this time: last year, after a reproductive health crisis, i had a series of preliminary diagnostic blood tests run at the recommendation of my doctor. and the insurance co said they needed a note from my doc saying they were medically necessary. and my doctor has sent it, but the insurance co still hasn't paid the diagnostic lab, who are now haunting me again. it's not denial of service, but each of these sends the message: your reproductive health is your problem. and it's secondary to my bottom line.

ding said...

yeesh. friends keep telling me of stories of people in their family who hide their known diabetes from healthcare providers because they're afraid of not being approved for care.

their crass money-grabbiness should appall us. but it just scares us into submission, doesn't it?

oh, flaming meteorite, where are you?

ding said...

of course, all these stories have me convinced that, if at all possible, choose the PPO over the HMO. in fact, i have to switch my own coverage. with all of these girly issues coming up, i'm just waiting for a letter from my healthcare provider telling me i have to pay for my own colposcopy.