The oncologist issued a prescription almost 3 weeks ago for a new cancer treatment….which my current insurance provider has denied. I will never understand why we have given our insurance companies and our government this kind of control over our health and lives.
You have a patient with known, proven cancer running wild….and a drug that could possible halt that progression at the very least. And yet, some desk bound twirp with a pencil gets to review the case for the insurance company…and says…patient doesn’t need to be treated with this drug…and denies the claim. Wouldn’t one think that the oncologist would have a better idea of what drugs might possibly work to provide a better quality of life? Maybe to halt the progression and buy more time?
I am so disgusted with the whole medical field….there has to be a better way. Granted, I’m the patient at the end of the road on the denial…and I understand the medication is going to run about $10,000 per month and the insurance company doesn’t want to pay up….
Within 2 weeks, I will go on Medicare with a new Part D (prescription program). We get to start the process all over with a whole different insurance group…who knows where that’s going to lead. Please keep us in prayer.
I hear about socialized medicine, but after talking to international friends, I’m not sure that’s the best option available either. They cannot get the level of treatment, some of the newer testing and medications aren’t even available for them. When we were talking about Gamma Knife surgery, that wasn’t even an option for the friend with brain cancer. What a horrible shame that we cannot have a level playing field and share techniques, new treatments, drugs, and advancements in the medical field across international borders. How many lives could ultimately be saved? Maybe that’s the problem. They would just as soon those of us with terminal diseases just curl up and die so they don’t have to treat us…save that money, to hell with saving lives.
Anyhow, I’m on a rant today. Just totally hacked over insurance doings.
Susan ~ Patchkat