Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Insurance Company Death Panel

We finally have a local example showing how health insurance company "death panels" work.

Gordon Hazel, of Plattsburgh, NY has been sentenced to death by his health insurance company. Mr. Hazel has stage 4 pancreatic cancer. While the prognosis of stage 4 pancreatic cancer is not good, Mr. Hazel points out that the treatments he has been receiving from Cancer Treatment Centers of America have been working for him. He has thus far lived 2 years longer than either his doctors or the insurance company predicted.

No matter, enough is enough says Mr. Hazel's insurance company.
"(The insurance company) sent me a letter that said they were going to stop paying for those treatments because there was nothing to prove that those treatments were safe, effective or contributed to my quality of life," Hazel said.

Forget about the so-called "death panels" in the health care reform bill. We already have death panels and they are called health insurance companies.


processgeek said...

My insurance company is real proof that death panels already exist.

I also have stage 4 pancreatic cancer, diagnosed on July 17 as metastic in my liver too. After just six weeks of chemo treatment at Johns Hopkins Pancreas Multidisciplinary Cancer Center, a CT scan shows the liver tumor has shrunk 20%, my cancer marker CA19-9has dropped 77%, and the pancreas tumor has neither grown nor spread.

Now the insurance company is denying payment for 2 of the 3 chemos in my "chemo cocktail", so I face paying over $8000 a month if I want to continue a proven treatment and fight the dire prognosis of 3 to 6 months of life for stage 4 pancreatic cancer. Even the insurance company's medical consultant team agreed the three-chemo cocktail was medically necessary, but the insurance company administrators ignore that and refuse to pay.

Without the aggressive treatment, the pancreatic cancer will take my life. Death panels already exist!

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