Jun 14, 2011 - 2:38 pm
I really hate insurance companies. It's like they are the doctors treating us. I changed insurances in April. It was so hard paying out $2,600 a month for a family plan and they were going to raise it. We went on a group plan through work (we are self-employed) with another company and the premium dropped to $1,400 a month.
I was promised that I would be able to get the same treatment, care, scans, etc. that my old insurance company had. They even told me I was able to get 4 PET scans a year. Although my doctor is out of state, I was told that all he would need to do is draft a letter, email, or the like and indicate that he was my main treating physician for my cancer follow-up care.
I had my six months check-up last Monday (everything looked good). My last PET scan was in November, so the doctor said I could have my Port removed and probably do another PET Scan (because in Feb of 2010 they removed a lymph node with microscopic cells during surgery). I had both scheduled for today. However, the insurance company denied the PET Scan saying that it didn't meet the medical reasoning for testing. They want you to have a CT first and if they see something get a PET Scan.
So I had to cancel both procedures because the port removal would probably cost too much to have done out of state. I could get it here locally, but I ask if they couldn't flush my port here, why would they be willing to take it out. I am so frustrated!
It didn't help that I was in the middle of moving our home, our office, and my middle son graduating from high school, along with contractors in my home and then to deal with the fact that the insurance company is running our health treatment. So I had a break down last night. Then sat at the outdoor fireplace and chilled and talked with my husband. Now I am back and ready to fight again!
The saga continues......