Our "uniquely American" health system, revisited
So, yesterday I used up my last dose of a medicine that actually worked for a chronic condition. I had used it for years, with no side effects.
My insurance company up and decided that, instead, I should be a guinea pig for medicines that didn't impinge so much on its god-ordained profits.
I had my first dose today and have had a splitting headache for hours. That's odd, because I almost never get headaches. But now, I have a whole new body chemistry! Yay!
I called the specialist who had prescribed the original medication (and whose arm had been twisted into changing my 'script). The nurse I spoke with commiserated with me about her own run-ins with her insurance (she has the same condition), and she said she'd been prescribed the new medication I was given, and it hadn't worked for her. That's a swell endorsement!
Anyway, she told me I had to contact my primary-care doctor to get "pre-authorized" (after several years of taking it -- is this a fantastic topsy-turvy world, or what?) to use the medicine that worked and didn't make me feel like I'm being beaten with a hardbound copy of HR3200. They, in turn, said the doctor would send a letter to my insurance company, and eventually I'd get a letter back from them.
So, as of tomorrow, my condition will go untreated. Only a purist would want great companies like that to be put out of business!
Maybe my insurer can scrape together a few bucks (the premiums surely have already been spent on important vacation houses and stuff) that will allow them to allow me to use the medicine my doctor had recklessly prescribed for my condition without regard to the needs of Big Insurance.
It won't be a moment too soon when millions of Americans become mandated to do business with these health-giving folks!