First, a moderator comment - there is the probability that someone will make a political comment about
this, so be warned up front. Do not do that.
Now a member point of view. I am glad that this story, as abysmal as it is, brings attention to the risks one takes with insurance these days. I have often here chided those who insist everyone must have a certain test or go to a certain list of doctors, as if everyone had the resources to do that. Even as a reasonably well insured employee in the scheme of things, I still could not pay for a lot of the things that we would love to see used for every patient. I am battling my insurance company at present for the bone-loss prevention drugs to go along with my HT. I may have to find a way to buy them out-of-pocket. That wouldn't be impossible, but it is just one in a long list of decisions that get made based on money, or lack thereof that month. Multiply that by every test and every treatment, and consider what our lives would be like.
I think it is important to also realize that all insurance policies are not equal. Each one covers what it covers, which is not always what we need.
Mod hat back on - the article is an important wake-up call, but I'm afraid that here, it is either late, or useful more to our non-US members, who will get a picture of what many of us fear worse than cancer when we hear a layoff or "right-sizing" is about to happen in our workplaces.
Moderator - Prostate Cancer(Not a medical professional)
My adjuvant IGRT journey (2010) - www.healingwell.com/community/default.aspx?f=35&m=1756808
HT (Lupron) 6-mo injection 9/12