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On what planet do you spend most of your time?

Posted on 2009.24.09 at 00:11

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Vee
vsee at 2009-09-24 08:12 (UTC) ()
This is not in the same league as having to argue for your right to basic cardiac care, or anything, but the last time I got the crud, it took them 5 weeks to decide to see me and prescribe antibiotics, and then I could only get an appointment with a physicians assistant. By that time, I had such raging sinus and ear infections, it took three expensive courses of synthetic antibiotics to kick it.

This is with relatively decent health insurance, and a regular doctor in a private clinic.

Edited at 2009-09-24 08:14 (UTC)
try to catch the deluge in a paper cup
primroseburrows at 2009-09-24 15:34 (UTC) ()
Yeah. It's not just about the uninsured, although that's a giant part of it. The woman at the cardiologist's office said sure, they'd pay for it if I had a heart attack in the meantime (which would be a whole lot more than three grand), but not something that could prevent one. She was pretty pissed at them, too.

I'm apparently healthy, so waiting isn't likely to make me sick, but this isn't a doc ordering a test for no reason--I've got a giant family history of heart disease. Maybe insurance companies should first go after all those OBs ordering Caesarean sections for women who don't need them (which, yeah, is another rant entirely).
Vee
vsee at 2009-09-24 17:35 (UTC) ()
Yes, of course they should be doing preventative care. That was the original argument for HMOs in the first place. And yet, I can't get get a doctor who has time to schedule regular physicals for me, nor can I get insurance to pay for basic preventative care like teeth cleaning or eye exams. And they certainly should be concentrating on preventative actions like the cardiology tests. In my case last year, they preferred to wait till more expensive and extensive drugs were needed, when about $7 worth of amoxicillin could have saved the day.
try to catch the deluge in a paper cup
primroseburrows at 2009-09-24 19:42 (UTC) ()
And they certainly should be concentrating on preventative actions like the cardiology tests.

One of the reasons my mother has the health problems she does is because she wasn't diagnosed until after she became symptomatic, which by that time coronary artery disease is often pretty well established. I'm trying to get preventative care so that kind of thing won't happen to me. It doesn't seem too much to ask from a wealthy corporation, y'know?

they preferred to wait till more expensive and extensive drugs were needed, when about $7 worth of amoxicillin could have saved the day.

Yeah. It's like they're biting off their own foot, or something.
Vee
vsee at 2009-09-24 19:47 (UTC) ()
Yeah, the story like your mom's is just what I was thinking of. I am sorry you're having to deal with this.
try to catch the deluge in a paper cup
primroseburrows at 2009-09-24 20:45 (UTC) ()
In my mom's case it was more that she was unaware of any problems and didn't ping to the family history thing (this was back before a lot was done with heredity and stuff). In my case, it's entirely preventable, and if anything does happen it'll be because of not being able to get the treatment I need to prevent it. Unfortunately, the end product could be the same.

I really think I'm pretty healthy, but y'know? I'd really like to stay that way.
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