By Steve Otto
In the so called best medical system in the world I have hepatitis C and just found out there is a new cure. It adds a new drug, with lots of side affects, to two other drugs that I have to take for 48 weeks. I only take the new drug for 12 weeks they have side affects that make me as sick as the virus does before the virus dies.
So the insurance company insist I get a confirmation from the specialist doctor that I need this new medicine. Then they insist I go to my regular doctor and discuss cutting down on a different medicine to avoid drug interaction. When I finally go to my regular doctor he seems surprised that talking to the specialist I, just saw, wasn’t enough for the insurance companies. They then wanted ANOTHER confirmation from the specialist that I needed the new drug.
By the time they got done with all of my hurdles I have an appointment with my specialist doctor. He is shocked to find out that after almost two months I still don’t have my medicine. He wanted to see how it was going. He said it rarely takes more than two weeks to get the medicine.
Not long ago former Rep. Todd Tiahrt held a town meeting and said “we have the best health care system in the world.” Many of his dim witted supporters agreed. So if this is the best health care system in the world why does it take me two months to get a drug that may save my life? How much damage can come from these viruses attacking my liver in two months?
To call this the best health care system in the world is not only an insult to the rest of the world, but it is an insult to people as myself who are sick and can’t get their drugs because some ass-wipe in a cushy office wants to put off paying for this. And the drug is expensive.
The insurance creeps have said they need us to keep this system working. They call it “our freedom.” I call it slow suicide.
I was furious and threatened to suit these people if there were any more delays. I’m sure those who think this is the best health care system in the world would simply follow like sheep, to the tune of ant-health care reform. People like me get pissed and dream of knee-capping the suns-of-bitches who cause this mess.