Letter: Who is running hospitals? Doctors or insurance companies?
Recently, I had to go to the hospital. In doing so, I got a hell of a shock. I found out that I was only allowed to be there for 24 hours. The reason I was there was because I was in critical condition. In finding out, due to insurance guidelines...
Recently, I had to go to the hospital. In doing so, I got a hell of a shock. I found out that I was only allowed to be there for 24 hours. The reason I was there was because I was in critical condition. In finding out, due to insurance guidelines, I was only allowed to stay two days - the day I was in and the net day - but the third I had to leave, regardless of my condition.
I told the doctor that I was not ready to leave. But I left sick. He told me due to insurance guidelines, I was not allowed to stay, so I went home. Even after a test I had in the hospital, due to heart informalities, he could not allow me to stay. I had to go home.
Within two weeks of leaving the hospital, I was back in again. Who was the authority of the person’s well-being? The doctor or the insurance company? If the insurance company has the authority, the persons are bound to die. The reason I say this that the people in charge of the insurance company are not doctors - they are insurance people. A doctor goes to college for a number of years for his practice. How many years does the insurance person go to college to learn about medicine?
Yet, he has the authority to dictate to the doctor what his patient needs are. Where does this end? If this keeps on, the insurance company will come up with all kinds of laws and guidelines. One will be, if you are sick on Wednesday, you can’t be treated until next Tuesday. This may sound crazy, but the way insurance rules are now, who says this can’t be reality? Insurance companies are being doctors, and that might sound crazy, but look at your Medicare and Medicaid law and rules.
What is Obamacare saying about this practice? How many rights do we have as a patient? This affects everyone from a child to an adult now. This shows me that the insurance companies have no love for people, only for money and that is all.
Donald Shock, Dickinson