I have heard both sides of the story and the best conclusion I can reach is that one get's the level of care they can afford in the U.S. Health care should not have a business plan and profit margins...
57AZ From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 2550 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (6 years 10 months 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 1303 times:
Not terribly unusual. We (Pima County) went to CIGNA this last year for medical coverage. The package the county has works well for me as both my PCP and specialist accept CIGNA. when we were on Pacificare, only my PCP accepted that plan so the specialist was out of pocket.
"When a man runs on railroads over half of his lifetime he is fit for nothing else-and at times he don't know that."
N74JW From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (6 years 10 months 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 1278 times:
My employer has it's own healthcare subsidiary. I guess that is pretty rare, but I cannot complain about the coverage in any way. Well, except maybe for dental. It is better than nothing, which is what many folks out there have.
F9Animal From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 5077 posts, RR: 28
Reply 4, posted (6 years 10 months 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 1257 times:
I am glad to see they are suing. Cigna should be the first role model of poor health care decisions. Related to the story, I am beyond pissed at the medical staff. Why did they not do the surgery anyways, and fight out the insurance issue later? I would have pulled a Denzel Washington on the medical staff in that case. What a sad story, but a reality of what our health system is all about,,,, $$$$$$. Since when has saving a life become a pay first issue? I think they should sue the medical staff too. Unacceptable.
N1120A From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 26601 posts, RR: 75
Reply 5, posted (6 years 10 months 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 1214 times:
This was all over the local radio here in L.A. The saddest line was from the girl's father, who said that this year "there is no Christmas" for his family (they are religious Armenians). Just gut wrenching. I hope they take a huge bite out of these animals.
Quoting F9Animal (Reply 4): Since when has saving a life become a pay first issue?
Since we decided that top notch health care is only for the rich or those with altruistic bosses.
Mangeons les French fries, mais surtout pratiquons avec fierte le French kiss
what do you want Cigna to do, by there books this was an "saying the procedure was experimental." also the report says "upcoming lawsuit raised the question in medical circles of whether a liver transplant is a viable option for a leukemia patient because of the immune-system-suppressing medication such patients must take.
Such medication, while preserving the transplanted liver, could make the cancer worse. "
I think Cigna did the right thing. they went by the book and if the family was unhappy they should have just done the surgery and dealt with this later.... the family is 100% to blame