Do you have to pay for yours? After I start my new job in another month, I will have to pay $260 out of pocket for every test. That's the reason why I'm so irate. Plus, I am worried that my insurance company will get their hands on them.
I don't think most people realize how much of their medical record is viewed by people. When I was (mis)diagnosed with MDD, it went on my medical record. My insurer started denying my pain meds saying they would worsen the depression (ironically enough, it was the anti-depressants that were actually worsening my "depression" because I had a thyroid disorder & they were slowing down my thyroid). So I had to cover my pain meds out of pocket for 8 months while waiting to sort all that out. I didn't have the money, so I put it on credit cards -- which I can't pay b/c my pain meds were $1500/month. I even had to fight to get them to cover my Lyrica, but they did cover that -- just not the narcs.
Then, part of the fine print in my employment contract says that they get access to all my health records including mental health, substance abuse & HIV status (yes, I knew what I was signing, but I had already been with the company for over a year & it was a condition of employment). It made it's way down the food chain to my boss' boss & then to my direct supervisor. It made my work life a living hell. My boss would make cute little comments about
to me. Everyone hated being supervisors in my department so the deal was that they each only had to serve a one year term. So over time, 4 different supervisors found out about
the (wrong) dx, plus the middle manager & head of department.
I'm glad you've had nothing but good experiences with the tests. But there are legitimate reasons to resent them. If the tests were free & just between me and my doctor, I say "test me any day of the week". But they are very expensive. Yes, I will have some money (if I walk the mile to work), but I was planning on using that to pay off my medical debt from 3 years ago. Sometimes we are tested twice a month -- if I show up for injections mid month b/c I'm in pain. That's $520 -- because again I am required to use an out-of-network U/A provider.
I'm glad that these tests allow my PM to keep his practice
open, but with the cost of the U/A, that means that sometimes when I'm in serious pain I will have to do without treatment solely because of the huge cost of the U/A testing. That's why I am so unbelievably furious with the idiots who abuse or allow others to abuse the meds prescribed to them! The dimwitted addicts/dealers don't lose out. They just go find another clinic. My doctor loses the ability to care for his patients the way he'd like & the patients lose access to some medical care.
He says he feels really badly, but that it's not just the idiot patients who ruined it for us, but also some idiot doctors -- like one around here who eventually lost his license after prescribing (no, I'm not kidding) 108 oxy a day to one patient, who (no surprise) died of an overdose. No, this is not urban legend, it made the major papers. articles.chicagotribune.com/2008-04-11/news/0804101462_1_fatal-overdoses-highland-park-prescriptions
Supposedly these tests are (well, the ones around here, anyways) also supposed to show that the doctor isn't prescribing such a ridiculous amount that the patient has a huge amount floating around in their system -- though I'm not really sure anyone would survive til their next visit taking 90+ oxy a day. I do know some malpractice insurers quote that case as a reason why doctors have to test so frequently -- sometimes multiple times per month.
So, I get it that there are multiple reasons to justify these tests -- I just wish those justifications didn't exist. :(
PS -- Isn't there some way we can get the addicts/dealers to have to pay for our tests? That would be nice.