Feb 05, 2008 - 6:50 pm
I am just appauled and mad. Todays headlines news is. Aetna doesn't believe that patient comfort during a colonoscopy is "medically necessary" anymore,some medical professionals say.
Come April 1, the insurance giant no longer will cover an anesthesiologist or anesthetist to administer deep sedation for the average patient during endoscopic procedures,whereby the patient doesn't remember or feel anything. This means 1.2 million members just in FLorida,will only have the use of conscious sedation.
This means that patients will feel some discomfort during the colorectal cancer screeing procedure, if the are willing to go forward.Covering only conscious sedation for the average colonoscopy patient harks back to the standard of care 20 years ago. I guess that Aetna would rather pay for chemo treatments rather than a routine colonscopy. This is what I view as putting the patient last.
I know in my heart that my husbands colonoscopy is why he is with us today, we are trying to stop this disease thru routine checkups and are now being denied. Let me see the CEO of Aetna go get a colonoscopy without sedation (Ouch).
THanks for listening, just needed to vent