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Weekly Expenses November 14, 2009

Posted by Admin in Blog Math, Cancer, Diary, Money.
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I have a doctor’s prescription that allows me to have insurance coverage for my every other weekly massages. Because I have lymphedema, as a result of my mastectomy and lymph node removal, the massage is extremely helpful.

Insurance coverage for anything to do with “complications from a mastectomy” is required by the Women’s Health and Cancer Rights Act of 1998 (see the Department of Labor website¬† for more information)

This week’s expenses: one $30 co-pay for a massage appointment.

Weekly total: $30

Month to date: $30

By the way, check your coverage changes this month: In 2010, my company coverage for massages and chiropractic care will decrease to 24 sessions a year (“in line with the market”). Never mind the diagnosis or the ICD9 code.

“I Can’t Discuss Your Diagnosis With You” October 9, 2009

Posted by Admin in Diary, Health Insurance, Health Quote of the Week, Healthonymous.
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I’m trying to limit myself to one of these a week, but this seemed rather egregious. This is my second health care quote of the week-so unexpected that I had to share it. I was on the telephone today with my insurance company X speaking with a supervisor in their customer service department:

“I’m sorry, I can’t discuss your diagnosis with you. Our company privacy policies don’t permit me to do that.”

Unbelievable! They won’t discuss that with the patient! On the other hand, perhaps it is a good thing that clerical workers are not allowed to do that. That might leave health care decisions, judgements etc in the hands of people who are NOT qualified to dispense medical advice. (Oh-we already do that, don’t we).

Never mind…

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