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Imogene
12-16-2008, 04:14 PM
Briefly, from your own experience, what do you perceive is the biggest problem in the health system?

Imogene
12-16-2008, 04:14 PM
Briefly, from your own experience, what do you perceive is the biggest problem in the health system?

Imogene
12-16-2008, 04:14 PM
Briefly, from your own experience, what do you perceive is the biggest problem in the health system?

Imogene
12-16-2008, 04:14 PM
Briefly, from your own experience, what do you perceive is the biggest problem in the health system?

Imogene
12-16-2008, 04:14 PM
Briefly, from your own experience, what do you perceive is the biggest problem in the health system?

Landy
12-16-2008, 05:37 PM
This may not be <b>the</b> biggest problem, but lately as I've reviewed my invoices from my last hospital visit and home IVs, I'm almost sure that my insurance was billed twice for the same IV supplies.

As I've made phone calls, it seems that no one really wants to get to the bottom of it, they just try to pacify me and get off the phone.

Also, what was quite interesting is that I have Medicare as secondary, and home infusion company billed them as primary by mistake (not sure why, they should know that Medicare doesn't pay on home IVs). They sure as heck billed Medicare a whole lot more than they re-billed my insurance company<img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-shocked.gif" border="0">

Landy
12-16-2008, 05:37 PM
This may not be <b>the</b> biggest problem, but lately as I've reviewed my invoices from my last hospital visit and home IVs, I'm almost sure that my insurance was billed twice for the same IV supplies.

As I've made phone calls, it seems that no one really wants to get to the bottom of it, they just try to pacify me and get off the phone.

Also, what was quite interesting is that I have Medicare as secondary, and home infusion company billed them as primary by mistake (not sure why, they should know that Medicare doesn't pay on home IVs). They sure as heck billed Medicare a whole lot more than they re-billed my insurance company<img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-shocked.gif" border="0">

Landy
12-16-2008, 05:37 PM
This may not be <b>the</b> biggest problem, but lately as I've reviewed my invoices from my last hospital visit and home IVs, I'm almost sure that my insurance was billed twice for the same IV supplies.

As I've made phone calls, it seems that no one really wants to get to the bottom of it, they just try to pacify me and get off the phone.

Also, what was quite interesting is that I have Medicare as secondary, and home infusion company billed them as primary by mistake (not sure why, they should know that Medicare doesn't pay on home IVs). They sure as heck billed Medicare a whole lot more than they re-billed my insurance company<img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-shocked.gif" border="0">

Landy
12-16-2008, 05:37 PM
This may not be <b>the</b> biggest problem, but lately as I've reviewed my invoices from my last hospital visit and home IVs, I'm almost sure that my insurance was billed twice for the same IV supplies.

As I've made phone calls, it seems that no one really wants to get to the bottom of it, they just try to pacify me and get off the phone.

Also, what was quite interesting is that I have Medicare as secondary, and home infusion company billed them as primary by mistake (not sure why, they should know that Medicare doesn't pay on home IVs). They sure as heck billed Medicare a whole lot more than they re-billed my insurance company<img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-shocked.gif" border="0">

Landy
12-16-2008, 05:37 PM
This may not be <b>the</b> biggest problem, but lately as I've reviewed my invoices from my last hospital visit and home IVs, I'm almost sure that my insurance was billed twice for the same IV supplies.
<br />
<br />As I've made phone calls, it seems that no one really wants to get to the bottom of it, they just try to pacify me and get off the phone.
<br />
<br />Also, what was quite interesting is that I have Medicare as secondary, and home infusion company billed them as primary by mistake (not sure why, they should know that Medicare doesn't pay on home IVs). They sure as heck billed Medicare a whole lot more than they re-billed my insurance company<img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-shocked.gif" border="0">

serendipity730
12-16-2008, 05:40 PM
I feel there are many, many problems with our current healthcare system - so many people uninsured or underinsured. However, for the subset that is insured, possibly even adequately, there is biggest problem is that non-medical persons (i.e. the insurance company) are making medical decisions. In my experience, doctors do not prescribe unnecessary medications, however, insurance companies still feel that some should not be covered.

serendipity730
12-16-2008, 05:40 PM
I feel there are many, many problems with our current healthcare system - so many people uninsured or underinsured. However, for the subset that is insured, possibly even adequately, there is biggest problem is that non-medical persons (i.e. the insurance company) are making medical decisions. In my experience, doctors do not prescribe unnecessary medications, however, insurance companies still feel that some should not be covered.

serendipity730
12-16-2008, 05:40 PM
I feel there are many, many problems with our current healthcare system - so many people uninsured or underinsured. However, for the subset that is insured, possibly even adequately, there is biggest problem is that non-medical persons (i.e. the insurance company) are making medical decisions. In my experience, doctors do not prescribe unnecessary medications, however, insurance companies still feel that some should not be covered.

serendipity730
12-16-2008, 05:40 PM
I feel there are many, many problems with our current healthcare system - so many people uninsured or underinsured. However, for the subset that is insured, possibly even adequately, there is biggest problem is that non-medical persons (i.e. the insurance company) are making medical decisions. In my experience, doctors do not prescribe unnecessary medications, however, insurance companies still feel that some should not be covered.

serendipity730
12-16-2008, 05:40 PM
I feel there are many, many problems with our current healthcare system - so many people uninsured or underinsured. However, for the subset that is insured, possibly even adequately, there is biggest problem is that non-medical persons (i.e. the insurance company) are making medical decisions. In my experience, doctors do not prescribe unnecessary medications, however, insurance companies still feel that some should not be covered.

chrissyd
12-16-2008, 06:44 PM
In my own expirience it is the cost that causes the biggest problem for me! I go to NIH and as I'm involved in medical studies, much of my prescripts and testing is free BUT even with that help I still owe thousands in medical bills.

<img src="i/expressions/rose.gif" border="0">

chrissyd
12-16-2008, 06:44 PM
In my own expirience it is the cost that causes the biggest problem for me! I go to NIH and as I'm involved in medical studies, much of my prescripts and testing is free BUT even with that help I still owe thousands in medical bills.

<img src="i/expressions/rose.gif" border="0">

chrissyd
12-16-2008, 06:44 PM
In my own expirience it is the cost that causes the biggest problem for me! I go to NIH and as I'm involved in medical studies, much of my prescripts and testing is free BUT even with that help I still owe thousands in medical bills.

<img src="i/expressions/rose.gif" border="0">

chrissyd
12-16-2008, 06:44 PM
In my own expirience it is the cost that causes the biggest problem for me! I go to NIH and as I'm involved in medical studies, much of my prescripts and testing is free BUT even with that help I still owe thousands in medical bills.

<img src="i/expressions/rose.gif" border="0">

chrissyd
12-16-2008, 06:44 PM
In my own expirience it is the cost that causes the biggest problem for me! I go to NIH and as I'm involved in medical studies, much of my prescripts and testing is free BUT even with that help I still owe thousands in medical bills.
<br />
<br /><img src="i/expressions/rose.gif" border="0">

Rebjane
12-17-2008, 01:07 PM
There are many problems with our healthcare system. Perhaps, one of the biggest problems is the people at the top of the structure managing our health care system; ie hospital CEO, health insurance agencys, beaurocratic policy makers do not have a background in medicine...they are business people, HR people.

We need medical professionals, ie nurses, medical doctors, at the top. These individuals have the true understanding of the health care system and how to take care of patients in a cost effective way. Get the nurses and MD's with actual bedside experience of how to take care of patients at the top.

Rebjane
12-17-2008, 01:07 PM
There are many problems with our healthcare system. Perhaps, one of the biggest problems is the people at the top of the structure managing our health care system; ie hospital CEO, health insurance agencys, beaurocratic policy makers do not have a background in medicine...they are business people, HR people.

We need medical professionals, ie nurses, medical doctors, at the top. These individuals have the true understanding of the health care system and how to take care of patients in a cost effective way. Get the nurses and MD's with actual bedside experience of how to take care of patients at the top.

Rebjane
12-17-2008, 01:07 PM
There are many problems with our healthcare system. Perhaps, one of the biggest problems is the people at the top of the structure managing our health care system; ie hospital CEO, health insurance agencys, beaurocratic policy makers do not have a background in medicine...they are business people, HR people.

We need medical professionals, ie nurses, medical doctors, at the top. These individuals have the true understanding of the health care system and how to take care of patients in a cost effective way. Get the nurses and MD's with actual bedside experience of how to take care of patients at the top.

Rebjane
12-17-2008, 01:07 PM
There are many problems with our healthcare system. Perhaps, one of the biggest problems is the people at the top of the structure managing our health care system; ie hospital CEO, health insurance agencys, beaurocratic policy makers do not have a background in medicine...they are business people, HR people.

We need medical professionals, ie nurses, medical doctors, at the top. These individuals have the true understanding of the health care system and how to take care of patients in a cost effective way. Get the nurses and MD's with actual bedside experience of how to take care of patients at the top.

Rebjane
12-17-2008, 01:07 PM
There are many problems with our healthcare system. Perhaps, one of the biggest problems is the people at the top of the structure managing our health care system; ie hospital CEO, health insurance agencys, beaurocratic policy makers do not have a background in medicine...they are business people, HR people.

We need medical professionals, ie nurses, medical doctors, at the top. These individuals have the true understanding of the health care system and how to take care of patients in a cost effective way. Get the nurses and MD's with actual bedside experience of how to take care of patients at the top.

janddburke
12-17-2008, 04:11 PM
I work for an (unnamed) insurance company so I have some idea of how claims are paid (or not)
and I have to tell you, the whole system is much more complicated that it has to be.
I don't consider myself an 'average' consumer and I have trouble coordinating claims and getting things covered.
what does an 'average' consumer do?

it's disgraceful.

janddburke
12-17-2008, 04:11 PM
I work for an (unnamed) insurance company so I have some idea of how claims are paid (or not)
and I have to tell you, the whole system is much more complicated that it has to be.
I don't consider myself an 'average' consumer and I have trouble coordinating claims and getting things covered.
what does an 'average' consumer do?

it's disgraceful.

janddburke
12-17-2008, 04:11 PM
I work for an (unnamed) insurance company so I have some idea of how claims are paid (or not)
and I have to tell you, the whole system is much more complicated that it has to be.
I don't consider myself an 'average' consumer and I have trouble coordinating claims and getting things covered.
what does an 'average' consumer do?

it's disgraceful.

janddburke
12-17-2008, 04:11 PM
I work for an (unnamed) insurance company so I have some idea of how claims are paid (or not)
and I have to tell you, the whole system is much more complicated that it has to be.
I don't consider myself an 'average' consumer and I have trouble coordinating claims and getting things covered.
what does an 'average' consumer do?

it's disgraceful.

janddburke
12-17-2008, 04:11 PM
I work for an (unnamed) insurance company so I have some idea of how claims are paid (or not)
<br />and I have to tell you, the whole system is much more complicated that it has to be.
<br />I don't consider myself an 'average' consumer and I have trouble coordinating claims and getting things covered.
<br />what does an 'average' consumer do?
<br />
<br />it's disgraceful.

Skye
12-17-2008, 04:46 PM
the uninsured or under-insured. how tragic in a country of great wealth and freedom that anyone should die or go without. what a great American tragedy.

Skye
12-17-2008, 04:46 PM
the uninsured or under-insured. how tragic in a country of great wealth and freedom that anyone should die or go without. what a great American tragedy.

Skye
12-17-2008, 04:46 PM
the uninsured or under-insured. how tragic in a country of great wealth and freedom that anyone should die or go without. what a great American tragedy.

Skye
12-17-2008, 04:46 PM
the uninsured or under-insured. how tragic in a country of great wealth and freedom that anyone should die or go without. what a great American tragedy.

Skye
12-17-2008, 04:46 PM
the uninsured or under-insured. how tragic in a country of great wealth and freedom that anyone should die or go without. what a great American tragedy.

fourkidsmom
12-19-2008, 03:54 PM
What bothers me the most is the cost of things in the hospital, medications, etc., EX: My daughter (no cf) went into the hospital to have 3 teeth capped, and 3 filled. The total for the teeth bill was for us $1200.00 and the total for the hospital for a total of 6 hours was $6,400.00!!! (our portion is around $1200.00) and to put her out was $900.00 and haven't gotten our portion yet. Then we all know how much the CF related expenses are. Totally over inflated costs, they need to be more regulated.

fourkidsmom
12-19-2008, 03:54 PM
What bothers me the most is the cost of things in the hospital, medications, etc., EX: My daughter (no cf) went into the hospital to have 3 teeth capped, and 3 filled. The total for the teeth bill was for us $1200.00 and the total for the hospital for a total of 6 hours was $6,400.00!!! (our portion is around $1200.00) and to put her out was $900.00 and haven't gotten our portion yet. Then we all know how much the CF related expenses are. Totally over inflated costs, they need to be more regulated.

fourkidsmom
12-19-2008, 03:54 PM
What bothers me the most is the cost of things in the hospital, medications, etc., EX: My daughter (no cf) went into the hospital to have 3 teeth capped, and 3 filled. The total for the teeth bill was for us $1200.00 and the total for the hospital for a total of 6 hours was $6,400.00!!! (our portion is around $1200.00) and to put her out was $900.00 and haven't gotten our portion yet. Then we all know how much the CF related expenses are. Totally over inflated costs, they need to be more regulated.

fourkidsmom
12-19-2008, 03:54 PM
What bothers me the most is the cost of things in the hospital, medications, etc., EX: My daughter (no cf) went into the hospital to have 3 teeth capped, and 3 filled. The total for the teeth bill was for us $1200.00 and the total for the hospital for a total of 6 hours was $6,400.00!!! (our portion is around $1200.00) and to put her out was $900.00 and haven't gotten our portion yet. Then we all know how much the CF related expenses are. Totally over inflated costs, they need to be more regulated.

fourkidsmom
12-19-2008, 03:54 PM
What bothers me the most is the cost of things in the hospital, medications, etc., EX: My daughter (no cf) went into the hospital to have 3 teeth capped, and 3 filled. The total for the teeth bill was for us $1200.00 and the total for the hospital for a total of 6 hours was $6,400.00!!! (our portion is around $1200.00) and to put her out was $900.00 and haven't gotten our portion yet. Then we all know how much the CF related expenses are. Totally over inflated costs, they need to be more regulated.

mamerth
12-19-2008, 08:55 PM
The uninsured.

mamerth
12-19-2008, 08:55 PM
The uninsured.

mamerth
12-19-2008, 08:55 PM
The uninsured.

mamerth
12-19-2008, 08:55 PM
The uninsured.

mamerth
12-19-2008, 08:55 PM
The uninsured.

Brad
12-19-2008, 09:52 PM
This Dbble billing has been going on for years.

I always get an itemized statement.
On my last stay the hospital tried to bill
me for Rep ( Nebs ) 8 times a day for 5 days.
I only had then 6 times a day for 2 days then it was
4 times a day.
Plus that 16.00 dis bic razor &lt; I bring my own razor.

There are so many,I think all hospitals do this because
Ins companys don't look very close at the bills.

Brad
12-19-2008, 09:52 PM
This Dbble billing has been going on for years.

I always get an itemized statement.
On my last stay the hospital tried to bill
me for Rep ( Nebs ) 8 times a day for 5 days.
I only had then 6 times a day for 2 days then it was
4 times a day.
Plus that 16.00 dis bic razor &lt; I bring my own razor.

There are so many,I think all hospitals do this because
Ins companys don't look very close at the bills.

Brad
12-19-2008, 09:52 PM
This Dbble billing has been going on for years.

I always get an itemized statement.
On my last stay the hospital tried to bill
me for Rep ( Nebs ) 8 times a day for 5 days.
I only had then 6 times a day for 2 days then it was
4 times a day.
Plus that 16.00 dis bic razor &lt; I bring my own razor.

There are so many,I think all hospitals do this because
Ins companys don't look very close at the bills.

Brad
12-19-2008, 09:52 PM
This Dbble billing has been going on for years.

I always get an itemized statement.
On my last stay the hospital tried to bill
me for Rep ( Nebs ) 8 times a day for 5 days.
I only had then 6 times a day for 2 days then it was
4 times a day.
Plus that 16.00 dis bic razor &lt; I bring my own razor.

There are so many,I think all hospitals do this because
Ins companys don't look very close at the bills.

Brad
12-19-2008, 09:52 PM
This Dbble billing has been going on for years.
<br />
<br />I always get an itemized statement.
<br />On my last stay the hospital tried to bill
<br />me for Rep ( Nebs ) 8 times a day for 5 days.
<br />I only had then 6 times a day for 2 days then it was
<br />4 times a day.
<br /> Plus that 16.00 dis bic razor &lt; I bring my own razor.
<br />
<br /> There are so many,I think all hospitals do this because
<br /> Ins companys don't look very close at the bills.

saveferris2009
12-23-2008, 01:25 PM
lack of education by the public. so many think that free healthcare is the answer.

very few truely understand why healthcare costs what it does. all entities, public and private, need to get the public involved in education around how the system works.

saveferris2009
12-23-2008, 01:25 PM
lack of education by the public. so many think that free healthcare is the answer.

very few truely understand why healthcare costs what it does. all entities, public and private, need to get the public involved in education around how the system works.

saveferris2009
12-23-2008, 01:25 PM
lack of education by the public. so many think that free healthcare is the answer.

very few truely understand why healthcare costs what it does. all entities, public and private, need to get the public involved in education around how the system works.

saveferris2009
12-23-2008, 01:25 PM
lack of education by the public. so many think that free healthcare is the answer.

very few truely understand why healthcare costs what it does. all entities, public and private, need to get the public involved in education around how the system works.

saveferris2009
12-23-2008, 01:25 PM
lack of education by the public. so many think that free healthcare is the answer.
<br />
<br />very few truely understand why healthcare costs what it does. all entities, public and private, need to get the public involved in education around how the system works.

tarheel
12-24-2008, 01:15 AM
I believe that the healthcare system has far too many problems to identify one as the main cause. But I feel that the single biggest issue is insurance companies (for those of us who are lucky enough to have one *almost sarcastic*) make us work so hard to get medicines prescribed by doctors who specialize in our disease. They repeatedly suggest substitutions that simply will not work- for simply medical reasons. This plays into another comment of non medical personnel making medical decisions. Just thinking about this makes by blood boil. Generics are not a viable option- and yes part of this does stem from how much perscription drugs cost in the first place- but insurance companies need to realize that there are valid reasons for perscribing certain meds without filing forms #330865, #487928 and all those others they put us through and waiting for days for some paper pushing monkey to finally tell us that we can have nessisary medication.

tarheel
12-24-2008, 01:15 AM
I believe that the healthcare system has far too many problems to identify one as the main cause. But I feel that the single biggest issue is insurance companies (for those of us who are lucky enough to have one *almost sarcastic*) make us work so hard to get medicines prescribed by doctors who specialize in our disease. They repeatedly suggest substitutions that simply will not work- for simply medical reasons. This plays into another comment of non medical personnel making medical decisions. Just thinking about this makes by blood boil. Generics are not a viable option- and yes part of this does stem from how much perscription drugs cost in the first place- but insurance companies need to realize that there are valid reasons for perscribing certain meds without filing forms #330865, #487928 and all those others they put us through and waiting for days for some paper pushing monkey to finally tell us that we can have nessisary medication.

tarheel
12-24-2008, 01:15 AM
I believe that the healthcare system has far too many problems to identify one as the main cause. But I feel that the single biggest issue is insurance companies (for those of us who are lucky enough to have one *almost sarcastic*) make us work so hard to get medicines prescribed by doctors who specialize in our disease. They repeatedly suggest substitutions that simply will not work- for simply medical reasons. This plays into another comment of non medical personnel making medical decisions. Just thinking about this makes by blood boil. Generics are not a viable option- and yes part of this does stem from how much perscription drugs cost in the first place- but insurance companies need to realize that there are valid reasons for perscribing certain meds without filing forms #330865, #487928 and all those others they put us through and waiting for days for some paper pushing monkey to finally tell us that we can have nessisary medication.

tarheel
12-24-2008, 01:15 AM
I believe that the healthcare system has far too many problems to identify one as the main cause. But I feel that the single biggest issue is insurance companies (for those of us who are lucky enough to have one *almost sarcastic*) make us work so hard to get medicines prescribed by doctors who specialize in our disease. They repeatedly suggest substitutions that simply will not work- for simply medical reasons. This plays into another comment of non medical personnel making medical decisions. Just thinking about this makes by blood boil. Generics are not a viable option- and yes part of this does stem from how much perscription drugs cost in the first place- but insurance companies need to realize that there are valid reasons for perscribing certain meds without filing forms #330865, #487928 and all those others they put us through and waiting for days for some paper pushing monkey to finally tell us that we can have nessisary medication.

tarheel
12-24-2008, 01:15 AM
I believe that the healthcare system has far too many problems to identify one as the main cause. But I feel that the single biggest issue is insurance companies (for those of us who are lucky enough to have one *almost sarcastic*) make us work so hard to get medicines prescribed by doctors who specialize in our disease. They repeatedly suggest substitutions that simply will not work- for simply medical reasons. This plays into another comment of non medical personnel making medical decisions. Just thinking about this makes by blood boil. Generics are not a viable option- and yes part of this does stem from how much perscription drugs cost in the first place- but insurance companies need to realize that there are valid reasons for perscribing certain meds without filing forms #330865, #487928 and all those others they put us through and waiting for days for some paper pushing monkey to finally tell us that we can have nessisary medication.

ginandbrea
12-26-2008, 05:47 AM
Cover-ups

ginandbrea
12-26-2008, 05:47 AM
Cover-ups

ginandbrea
12-26-2008, 05:47 AM
Cover-ups

ginandbrea
12-26-2008, 05:47 AM
Cover-ups

ginandbrea
12-26-2008, 05:47 AM
Cover-ups

Sakem
12-26-2008, 12:50 PM
The whole health care system got out of control when companies went to for profit and publicly traded. Yes it created competetion, but also created big wall street type payouts with everyone's hand in the cookie jar. I'm just waiting for some of the smaller insurance companies to ask for part of the federal bailout money. But you won't see Humana asking for it, they are still having big profits and expanding their operations...hmmmm....makes u wonder how that could be in todays economy? We really already know the reason for that. Insurance companies provide a necesssary service but w/ may too few regulations and too little oversight.

Sakem
12-26-2008, 12:50 PM
The whole health care system got out of control when companies went to for profit and publicly traded. Yes it created competetion, but also created big wall street type payouts with everyone's hand in the cookie jar. I'm just waiting for some of the smaller insurance companies to ask for part of the federal bailout money. But you won't see Humana asking for it, they are still having big profits and expanding their operations...hmmmm....makes u wonder how that could be in todays economy? We really already know the reason for that. Insurance companies provide a necesssary service but w/ may too few regulations and too little oversight.

Sakem
12-26-2008, 12:50 PM
The whole health care system got out of control when companies went to for profit and publicly traded. Yes it created competetion, but also created big wall street type payouts with everyone's hand in the cookie jar. I'm just waiting for some of the smaller insurance companies to ask for part of the federal bailout money. But you won't see Humana asking for it, they are still having big profits and expanding their operations...hmmmm....makes u wonder how that could be in todays economy? We really already know the reason for that. Insurance companies provide a necesssary service but w/ may too few regulations and too little oversight.

Sakem
12-26-2008, 12:50 PM
The whole health care system got out of control when companies went to for profit and publicly traded. Yes it created competetion, but also created big wall street type payouts with everyone's hand in the cookie jar. I'm just waiting for some of the smaller insurance companies to ask for part of the federal bailout money. But you won't see Humana asking for it, they are still having big profits and expanding their operations...hmmmm....makes u wonder how that could be in todays economy? We really already know the reason for that. Insurance companies provide a necesssary service but w/ may too few regulations and too little oversight.

Sakem
12-26-2008, 12:50 PM
The whole health care system got out of control when companies went to for profit and publicly traded. Yes it created competetion, but also created big wall street type payouts with everyone's hand in the cookie jar. I'm just waiting for some of the smaller insurance companies to ask for part of the federal bailout money. But you won't see Humana asking for it, they are still having big profits and expanding their operations...hmmmm....makes u wonder how that could be in todays economy? We really already know the reason for that. Insurance companies provide a necesssary service but w/ may too few regulations and too little oversight.

TwistedTanya
06-27-2009, 07:21 PM
Denying coverage of medication you really need!

TwistedTanya
06-27-2009, 07:21 PM
Denying coverage of medication you really need!

TwistedTanya
06-27-2009, 07:21 PM
Denying coverage of medication you really need!

TwistedTanya
06-27-2009, 07:21 PM
Denying coverage of medication you really need!

TwistedTanya
06-27-2009, 07:21 PM
Denying coverage of medication you really need!

woobie
07-23-2009, 07:45 PM
How about Ken Melani, CEO for Highmark's 3 million dollar salary...the President of the United States only makes $400,000. How about the millions of dollars Highmark wasted trying to merge with IBC of Philadelphia. They stopped trying when it became clear the merger would not be approved but they spent all of that money...People this is money that should have gone toward our healthcare. How about the bonus and commission program they have for their sales executives which gives them anywhere from $20,000 and up for bonuses just because a company kept their insurance with Highmark...How about all the money they are spending lobbying against healthcare reform because they don't want the dollars to go towards healthcare they want it in their pockets. You should check out Highmark in Pittsburgh's legal department. It is like a whole new world all varnished hard wood the best their policy holders money can buy.

woobie
07-23-2009, 07:45 PM
How about Ken Melani, CEO for Highmark's 3 million dollar salary...the President of the United States only makes $400,000. How about the millions of dollars Highmark wasted trying to merge with IBC of Philadelphia. They stopped trying when it became clear the merger would not be approved but they spent all of that money...People this is money that should have gone toward our healthcare. How about the bonus and commission program they have for their sales executives which gives them anywhere from $20,000 and up for bonuses just because a company kept their insurance with Highmark...How about all the money they are spending lobbying against healthcare reform because they don't want the dollars to go towards healthcare they want it in their pockets. You should check out Highmark in Pittsburgh's legal department. It is like a whole new world all varnished hard wood the best their policy holders money can buy.

woobie
07-23-2009, 07:45 PM
How about Ken Melani, CEO for Highmark's 3 million dollar salary...the President of the United States only makes $400,000. How about the millions of dollars Highmark wasted trying to merge with IBC of Philadelphia. They stopped trying when it became clear the merger would not be approved but they spent all of that money...People this is money that should have gone toward our healthcare. How about the bonus and commission program they have for their sales executives which gives them anywhere from $20,000 and up for bonuses just because a company kept their insurance with Highmark...How about all the money they are spending lobbying against healthcare reform because they don't want the dollars to go towards healthcare they want it in their pockets. You should check out Highmark in Pittsburgh's legal department. It is like a whole new world all varnished hard wood the best their policy holders money can buy.

woobie
07-23-2009, 07:45 PM
How about Ken Melani, CEO for Highmark's 3 million dollar salary...the President of the United States only makes $400,000. How about the millions of dollars Highmark wasted trying to merge with IBC of Philadelphia. They stopped trying when it became clear the merger would not be approved but they spent all of that money...People this is money that should have gone toward our healthcare. How about the bonus and commission program they have for their sales executives which gives them anywhere from $20,000 and up for bonuses just because a company kept their insurance with Highmark...How about all the money they are spending lobbying against healthcare reform because they don't want the dollars to go towards healthcare they want it in their pockets. You should check out Highmark in Pittsburgh's legal department. It is like a whole new world all varnished hard wood the best their policy holders money can buy.

woobie
07-23-2009, 07:45 PM
How about Ken Melani, CEO for Highmark's 3 million dollar salary...the President of the United States only makes $400,000. How about the millions of dollars Highmark wasted trying to merge with IBC of Philadelphia. They stopped trying when it became clear the merger would not be approved but they spent all of that money...People this is money that should have gone toward our healthcare. How about the bonus and commission program they have for their sales executives which gives them anywhere from $20,000 and up for bonuses just because a company kept their insurance with Highmark...How about all the money they are spending lobbying against healthcare reform because they don't want the dollars to go towards healthcare they want it in their pockets. You should check out Highmark in Pittsburgh's legal department. It is like a whole new world all varnished hard wood the best their policy holders money can buy.

Tammy15
07-27-2009, 05:00 PM
Medicare is more complicated than it needs to be and heaven forbid don't call and ask a question . We tried 6 times when we first received the medicare book On paragraph says one thing the next contardicts what the one above says. You call and ask I have medicaid oh 4 out of 5 say you dont need Part D, so you don;t take then next thing ya know yes you do so now it costs more. And explain to me why one part covers the nebulizer but not the medicine that goes in it or you can get the home IV supplies but not the medicine that goes in it.

Tammy15
07-27-2009, 05:00 PM
Medicare is more complicated than it needs to be and heaven forbid don't call and ask a question . We tried 6 times when we first received the medicare book On paragraph says one thing the next contardicts what the one above says. You call and ask I have medicaid oh 4 out of 5 say you dont need Part D, so you don;t take then next thing ya know yes you do so now it costs more. And explain to me why one part covers the nebulizer but not the medicine that goes in it or you can get the home IV supplies but not the medicine that goes in it.

Tammy15
07-27-2009, 05:00 PM
Medicare is more complicated than it needs to be and heaven forbid don't call and ask a question . We tried 6 times when we first received the medicare book On paragraph says one thing the next contardicts what the one above says. You call and ask I have medicaid oh 4 out of 5 say you dont need Part D, so you don;t take then next thing ya know yes you do so now it costs more. And explain to me why one part covers the nebulizer but not the medicine that goes in it or you can get the home IV supplies but not the medicine that goes in it.

Tammy15
07-27-2009, 05:00 PM
Medicare is more complicated than it needs to be and heaven forbid don't call and ask a question . We tried 6 times when we first received the medicare book On paragraph says one thing the next contardicts what the one above says. You call and ask I have medicaid oh 4 out of 5 say you dont need Part D, so you don;t take then next thing ya know yes you do so now it costs more. And explain to me why one part covers the nebulizer but not the medicine that goes in it or you can get the home IV supplies but not the medicine that goes in it.

Tammy15
07-27-2009, 05:00 PM
Medicare is more complicated than it needs to be and heaven forbid don't call and ask a question . We tried 6 times when we first received the medicare book On paragraph says one thing the next contardicts what the one above says. You call and ask I have medicaid oh 4 out of 5 say you dont need Part D, so you don;t take then next thing ya know yes you do so now it costs more. And explain to me why one part covers the nebulizer but not the medicine that goes in it or you can get the home IV supplies but not the medicine that goes in it.

AnnieT
08-29-2009, 12:05 PM
<div class="FTQUOTE"><begin quote><i>Originally posted by: <b>Tammy15</b></i>

Medicare is more complicated than it needs to be and heaven forbid don't call and ask a question . We tried 6 times when we first received the medicare book On paragraph says one thing the next contardicts what the one above says. You call and ask I have medicaid oh 4 out of 5 say you dont need Part D, so you don;t take then next thing ya know yes you do so now it costs more. And explain to me why one part covers the nebulizer but not the medicine that goes in it or you can get the home IV supplies but not the medicine that goes in it.</end quote></div>

I will be on Medicare soon, am on medical disability. I have heard awful stories on what it covers and what it doesn't <img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-sad.gif" border="0">

AnnieT
08-29-2009, 12:05 PM
<div class="FTQUOTE"><begin quote><i>Originally posted by: <b>Tammy15</b></i>

Medicare is more complicated than it needs to be and heaven forbid don't call and ask a question . We tried 6 times when we first received the medicare book On paragraph says one thing the next contardicts what the one above says. You call and ask I have medicaid oh 4 out of 5 say you dont need Part D, so you don;t take then next thing ya know yes you do so now it costs more. And explain to me why one part covers the nebulizer but not the medicine that goes in it or you can get the home IV supplies but not the medicine that goes in it.</end quote></div>

I will be on Medicare soon, am on medical disability. I have heard awful stories on what it covers and what it doesn't <img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-sad.gif" border="0">

AnnieT
08-29-2009, 12:05 PM
<div class="FTQUOTE"><begin quote><i>Originally posted by: <b>Tammy15</b></i>

Medicare is more complicated than it needs to be and heaven forbid don't call and ask a question . We tried 6 times when we first received the medicare book On paragraph says one thing the next contardicts what the one above says. You call and ask I have medicaid oh 4 out of 5 say you dont need Part D, so you don;t take then next thing ya know yes you do so now it costs more. And explain to me why one part covers the nebulizer but not the medicine that goes in it or you can get the home IV supplies but not the medicine that goes in it.</end quote></div>

I will be on Medicare soon, am on medical disability. I have heard awful stories on what it covers and what it doesn't <img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-sad.gif" border="0">

AnnieT
08-29-2009, 12:05 PM
<div class="FTQUOTE"><begin quote><i>Originally posted by: <b>Tammy15</b></i>

Medicare is more complicated than it needs to be and heaven forbid don't call and ask a question . We tried 6 times when we first received the medicare book On paragraph says one thing the next contardicts what the one above says. You call and ask I have medicaid oh 4 out of 5 say you dont need Part D, so you don;t take then next thing ya know yes you do so now it costs more. And explain to me why one part covers the nebulizer but not the medicine that goes in it or you can get the home IV supplies but not the medicine that goes in it.</end quote>

I will be on Medicare soon, am on medical disability. I have heard awful stories on what it covers and what it doesn't <img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-sad.gif" border="0">

AnnieT
08-29-2009, 12:05 PM
<div class="FTQUOTE"><begin quote><i>Originally posted by: <b>Tammy15</b></i>
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<br />Medicare is more complicated than it needs to be and heaven forbid don't call and ask a question . We tried 6 times when we first received the medicare book On paragraph says one thing the next contardicts what the one above says. You call and ask I have medicaid oh 4 out of 5 say you dont need Part D, so you don;t take then next thing ya know yes you do so now it costs more. And explain to me why one part covers the nebulizer but not the medicine that goes in it or you can get the home IV supplies but not the medicine that goes in it.</end quote>
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<br />I will be on Medicare soon, am on medical disability. I have heard awful stories on what it covers and what it doesn't <img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-sad.gif" border="0">

regina65
10-08-2009, 01:50 PM
I am on medicaid right now. They wont pay for the hypertonic saline nor the albuterol ,but they do pay for the pulmozyne . (thank goodness i could not afford it $1800 a month) i can handle the saline and the albuterol its not that expensive but the aquadek vitamins are $300 a bottle for a month. So my doctor is good about getting me sample scripts for the pharmacy at the hospital where i go to clinic . Maybe medicare will pay for them . I'll get that in another 18 months. But regular ins. is out of the question I couldn't afford it and plus they wanted a year some even 2 for it kick in. I cant say i blame them. To them it is a business and they dont want to take a loss. To us it is our lives. (whether we live it or not without the meds)

regina/44/w/cf/cepacia/mrsa

regina65
10-08-2009, 01:50 PM
I am on medicaid right now. They wont pay for the hypertonic saline nor the albuterol ,but they do pay for the pulmozyne . (thank goodness i could not afford it $1800 a month) i can handle the saline and the albuterol its not that expensive but the aquadek vitamins are $300 a bottle for a month. So my doctor is good about getting me sample scripts for the pharmacy at the hospital where i go to clinic . Maybe medicare will pay for them . I'll get that in another 18 months. But regular ins. is out of the question I couldn't afford it and plus they wanted a year some even 2 for it kick in. I cant say i blame them. To them it is a business and they dont want to take a loss. To us it is our lives. (whether we live it or not without the meds)

regina/44/w/cf/cepacia/mrsa

regina65
10-08-2009, 01:50 PM
I am on medicaid right now. They wont pay for the hypertonic saline nor the albuterol ,but they do pay for the pulmozyne . (thank goodness i could not afford it $1800 a month) i can handle the saline and the albuterol its not that expensive but the aquadek vitamins are $300 a bottle for a month. So my doctor is good about getting me sample scripts for the pharmacy at the hospital where i go to clinic . Maybe medicare will pay for them . I'll get that in another 18 months. But regular ins. is out of the question I couldn't afford it and plus they wanted a year some even 2 for it kick in. I cant say i blame them. To them it is a business and they dont want to take a loss. To us it is our lives. (whether we live it or not without the meds)

regina/44/w/cf/cepacia/mrsa

regina65
10-08-2009, 01:50 PM
I am on medicaid right now. They wont pay for the hypertonic saline nor the albuterol ,but they do pay for the pulmozyne . (thank goodness i could not afford it $1800 a month) i can handle the saline and the albuterol its not that expensive but the aquadek vitamins are $300 a bottle for a month. So my doctor is good about getting me sample scripts for the pharmacy at the hospital where i go to clinic . Maybe medicare will pay for them . I'll get that in another 18 months. But regular ins. is out of the question I couldn't afford it and plus they wanted a year some even 2 for it kick in. I cant say i blame them. To them it is a business and they dont want to take a loss. To us it is our lives. (whether we live it or not without the meds)

regina/44/w/cf/cepacia/mrsa

regina65
10-08-2009, 01:50 PM
I am on medicaid right now. They wont pay for the hypertonic saline nor the albuterol ,but they do pay for the pulmozyne . (thank goodness i could not afford it $1800 a month) i can handle the saline and the albuterol its not that expensive but the aquadek vitamins are $300 a bottle for a month. So my doctor is good about getting me sample scripts for the pharmacy at the hospital where i go to clinic . Maybe medicare will pay for them . I'll get that in another 18 months. But regular ins. is out of the question I couldn't afford it and plus they wanted a year some even 2 for it kick in. I cant say i blame them. To them it is a business and they dont want to take a loss. To us it is our lives. (whether we live it or not without the meds)
<br />
<br /> regina/44/w/cf/cepacia/mrsa

cfpatience
10-25-2009, 01:51 AM
Fradulant Billing. Costs go up because crooks are billing for services we never recieve, meds we never get etc..., Insurance Companies should have the patient sign off on what the docs/hosp/pharmacies are billing them for.

Also, I agree with the other posts...we need docs and nurses at the top. Ones who understand what the patient really needs. Ins Co. spend money on drugs or procedures that won't do us any good because they are cheaper, only to have to turn around and end up paying what the doc ordered in the first place when the substandard treatment dosen't work..(double spending). Also...illness ends up costing more in long run for delays in treatment.

cfpatience
10-25-2009, 01:51 AM
Fradulant Billing. Costs go up because crooks are billing for services we never recieve, meds we never get etc..., Insurance Companies should have the patient sign off on what the docs/hosp/pharmacies are billing them for.

Also, I agree with the other posts...we need docs and nurses at the top. Ones who understand what the patient really needs. Ins Co. spend money on drugs or procedures that won't do us any good because they are cheaper, only to have to turn around and end up paying what the doc ordered in the first place when the substandard treatment dosen't work..(double spending). Also...illness ends up costing more in long run for delays in treatment.

cfpatience
10-25-2009, 01:51 AM
Fradulant Billing. Costs go up because crooks are billing for services we never recieve, meds we never get etc..., Insurance Companies should have the patient sign off on what the docs/hosp/pharmacies are billing them for.

Also, I agree with the other posts...we need docs and nurses at the top. Ones who understand what the patient really needs. Ins Co. spend money on drugs or procedures that won't do us any good because they are cheaper, only to have to turn around and end up paying what the doc ordered in the first place when the substandard treatment dosen't work..(double spending). Also...illness ends up costing more in long run for delays in treatment.

cfpatience
10-25-2009, 01:51 AM
Fradulant Billing. Costs go up because crooks are billing for services we never recieve, meds we never get etc..., Insurance Companies should have the patient sign off on what the docs/hosp/pharmacies are billing them for.

Also, I agree with the other posts...we need docs and nurses at the top. Ones who understand what the patient really needs. Ins Co. spend money on drugs or procedures that won't do us any good because they are cheaper, only to have to turn around and end up paying what the doc ordered in the first place when the substandard treatment dosen't work..(double spending). Also...illness ends up costing more in long run for delays in treatment.

cfpatience
10-25-2009, 01:51 AM
Fradulant Billing. Costs go up because crooks are billing for services we never recieve, meds we never get etc..., Insurance Companies should have the patient sign off on what the docs/hosp/pharmacies are billing them for.
<br />
<br />Also, I agree with the other posts...we need docs and nurses at the top. Ones who understand what the patient really needs. Ins Co. spend money on drugs or procedures that won't do us any good because they are cheaper, only to have to turn around and end up paying what the doc ordered in the first place when the substandard treatment dosen't work..(double spending). Also...illness ends up costing more in long run for delays in treatment.