Marie Antoinette updated
The bottom line: Smart medical consumers can save money if they track their bills as closely as they monitor their health.
Sweet Jeebus? "Smart medical consumers"?
Or fucking cancer patients?!
Doctors removed the tumor on his small intestine and a third of his colon. He went home a week later, accompanied by his mother and a cousin, a nurse, who had come to care for him.
As Mr. Mannett recovered, the bills stacked up. Assurant wasn't making any payments, he says. Instead, the insurer demanded from Mr. Mannett the names and addresses of every doctor he'd seen for the previous five years, so it could verify that he hadn't concealed his cancer when he bought the policy. The investigation dragged on for months, until, according to Mr. Mannett, he called the insurer and warned that the next contact would be from his lawyer. Soon after, he says, Assurant paid the hospital more than $29,000, as well as several other bills.
Maybe the real solution is not to make cancer patients watch their insurance companies as if they were the thieves they are, but to eliminate the insurance companies entirely?
NOTE Via Susie.