Friday, April 26, 2013

My niece was admitted to the hospital yesterday but my brother was required to pay $5,500 upfront before they would admit her even though my niece has private insurance (Blue Cross & Blue Shield).  That seems so wrong on so many levels. 

This is what we are dealing with at the hospital where I work.  Because we are a state agency we have requested the legislature provide us funding for 4 charity beds.  We need the beds for families who have private insurance...... these families are being denied services by insurance companies so their children are not getting the help they need.  Everything seems backwards to me.  You are better off if you have no insurance or at least that's what it would seem.

I'm so glad it is Friday.  I have no idea what we will be doing this weekend but I hope we just take some time to be together.  Ron is being pre-admitted this morning and then it's just the countdown until surgery.  You'd think I would get used to this but I get so many butterflies in my stomach.   I know this will be rough since it will be the first time he will be in ICU and I won't be able to be with him the whole time.  They have strict visiting hours in ICU so I don't know whether to sit around at the hospital, come to work and go back and forth or what.  I feel really stressed about managing work and Ron's surgery but I've done it before so I can do it again.

5 comments:

Florence said...

We need single payer, universal healthcare. It wouldn't be perfect but it would be a vast improvement over what we have. IMHO

oklhdan said...

I agree Florence!

Olga said...

I dislike the whole concept of insurance--it is about betting that something bad will happen to you while the insurance company bets that it won't. Either way...ya lose.
Prayers for both you and Ron.

Paisely Brook said...

crap, now i know why she didnt answer the phone.....

Patrick Leer said...

I've discovered over the last 16 months of my lung cancer odyssey, it's about the high deductibles with private insurance. You're right there is assistance for the uninsured but for those with private insurance and high deductibles - there is no help.