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unapatriciated Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-28-09 10:36 PM
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81. those letters are standard procedure with Insurance Companies...
It is one of the many ways they have of denying or delaying payment for medical care. I spent years filling out those forms when my son was diagnosed with dermatomyositis in 1991.
I'm lucky my son is still with us. All the delays in treatment did leave him disabled. Another little trick they have is what they call a "review", that's when they take back monies already paid
leaving you with a huge bill.
I have been waiting letters since 1991 to Congress, Senate, Clinton, bush and now Obama advocating single payor.
The worst responce I recieved was from Congressman Dryer, (I lived in Ca until 2006) he thanked me for my concern about gun control.
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  -The Canadian Healthcare system and my Dad. sixstrings75  May-28-09 01:21 PM   #0 
  - Great story.  rwork   May-28-09 01:26 PM   #1 
  - Thanks for sharing your story.  MineralMan   May-28-09 01:32 PM   #2 
  - "What would this have cost in the US?" Somewhere between nothing and everything you have.  imdjh   May-28-09 01:33 PM   #3 
  - And we wonder why we have more problems with bankruptcies than Canadians do!  cascadiance   May-28-09 02:08 PM   #24 
  - I don't think the US healthcare system woul d have performed this surgery.  live love laugh   May-29-09 09:10 AM   #113 
     - a famous DUer had to go out of his state to get whipple  WillYourVoteBCounted   May-29-09 11:41 AM   #121 
  - And everyone claims the Canadian system is a bad system  liberal N proud   May-28-09 01:34 PM   #4 
  - The Canadian system is merely a paying mechanism  Oregone   May-28-09 01:40 PM   #11 
  - As a person covered by our national health care system  canetoad   May-28-09 01:36 PM   #5 
  - Howard has a go at it, though through private care  depakid   May-28-09 01:41 PM   #12 
  - Here, even if you have insurance, you have to go home to recuperate. Hospitals are too expensive.  Kablooie   May-29-09 05:59 AM   #99 
  - May I post a link to your story on my company's web site?  rocktivity   May-28-09 01:36 PM   #6 
  - Sure. Go ahead. Thanks n/t.  sixstrings75   May-28-09 01:37 PM   #7 
     - The deed is done.  rocktivity   Jun-04-09 01:36 AM   #134 
  - "how anyone can see it different than this is mind-boggling." Agreed.  ColbertWatcher   May-28-09 01:38 PM   #8 
  - in my opinion, had you been in the US... your father would not be here right now  ejpoeta   May-28-09 01:39 PM   #9 
  - those letters are standard procedure with Insurance Companies...  unapatriciated   May-28-09 10:36 PM   #81 
     - they can try that all they want. my father can't pay them anything. and he didn't leave anything  ejpoeta   May-29-09 06:11 AM   #101 
  - We love you guys! I only wish that Canada would allow US citizens to retire there if they can prove  sinkingfeeling   May-28-09 01:39 PM   #10 
  - You can if you have a relative in Canada to sponsor you  Monk06   May-29-09 02:36 AM   #94 
  - You can retire to Canada.  wolfgangmo   May-29-09 01:36 PM   #128 
  - Huge K&R! nt  gulfcoastliberal   May-28-09 01:44 PM   #13 
  - I just used the Canadian health care system today!  Oregone   May-28-09 01:44 PM   #14 
  - Thank you for your story and best wishes for your Dad...  sutz12   May-28-09 01:47 PM   #15 
  - Thanks, sixstrings75, for your OP!  Spazito   May-28-09 01:47 PM   #16 
  - Wonderful story! And it is great that your Dad is healing.  csziggy   May-28-09 01:49 PM   #17 
  - Geez. That's sad. My dad's employer actually said  sixstrings75   May-28-09 01:55 PM   #20 
  - The US insurance system is set up so you don't have it when you most need it  csziggy   May-28-09 03:03 PM   #35 
  - The treatment of your dad was barbaric  daleo   May-28-09 04:27 PM   #49 
     - It was my brother in law (BIL) but yes, it is barbaric  csziggy   May-28-09 11:58 PM   #86 
        - a little note about preexisting conditions.  wolfgangmo   May-29-09 01:48 PM   #129 
           - Some policies will start covering pre-existing conditions after a certain time  csziggy   May-29-09 04:24 PM   #131 
  - Self-deleted, duplicate post n/t  Spazito   May-28-09 01:49 PM   #18 
  - You are fortunate to live in a civilized country which recognizes that  LibDemAlways   May-28-09 01:53 PM   #19 
  - There's a story in the Minneapolis paper about how United Health  Lydia Leftcoast   May-28-09 01:57 PM   #21 
  - ...  sixstrings75   May-28-09 02:10 PM   #25 
  - Helping  HappyCynic   May-29-09 02:59 AM   #95 
  - Dear gods  kenfrequed   May-28-09 04:26 PM   #46 
     - The first thing I noticed after moving back here was the inrease in right-wing morons  Lydia Leftcoast   May-28-09 04:34 PM   #53 
        - Well no doubt...  kenfrequed   May-28-09 04:56 PM   #56 
  - Please send this to Obama, Bacus, Schumer and, for grins,  Kalyke   May-28-09 02:02 PM   #22 
  - Andy had the Whipple Procedure  sandnsea   May-28-09 02:04 PM   #23 
  - Yep, we had to raise what 50K before  supernova   May-28-09 02:14 PM   #27 
  - and then Freepers got the paypal acct frozen  WillYourVoteBCounted   May-29-09 11:40 AM   #120 
  - First thing I thought of  eridani   May-29-09 01:50 AM   #93 
     - Too many here are ignoring that inconvenient truth....elections are still fixed.  loudsue   May-29-09 08:57 AM   #111 
  - Thank you for writing your story  supernova   May-28-09 02:12 PM   #26 
  - The Repugs no longer have any type of majority.  truedelphi   May-28-09 03:01 PM   #33 
  - Welcome - what a way to start your time here. And thanks to Tommy Douglas  rurallib   May-28-09 02:28 PM   #28 
  - He wasn't elected the greatest Canadian for nothing.  Swede   May-28-09 03:00 PM   #32 
  - Tommy's youth  ImOnlySleeping   May-28-09 05:53 PM   #62 
  - Hi, sixstrings75, from another Canadian  Canuckistanian   May-28-09 02:52 PM   #29 
  - The only way the health insurance industry can get by with it  Lydia Leftcoast   May-28-09 03:01 PM   #34 
     - And people tend to believe the first story they hear  Canuckistanian   May-28-09 03:33 PM   #37 
        - Assuming he would want a Canadian with him  Oregone   May-28-09 03:47 PM   #38 
  - Remember Andy Stephenson's story? The cost here is your life, unless you have a lot of cash on hand.  satya   May-28-09 02:56 PM   #30 
  - Yes, Andy died because he had no insurance. DUers took up a collection  Cleita   May-28-09 03:05 PM   #36 
  - Great post and best wishes to your dad  aquamarina   May-28-09 03:00 PM   #31 
  - I'll have to look that up...give me a day or so. n/t  sixstrings75   May-28-09 04:21 PM   #42 
     - Great - thanks.  aquamarina   May-28-09 04:43 PM   #55 
  - Best wishes for complete recovery and a cancer free life for  lazyriver   May-28-09 03:57 PM   #39 
  - wow great story and welcome to DU....  Joe the Liberal   May-28-09 04:08 PM   #40 
  - your post certainly was not long  undergroundnomore   May-28-09 04:12 PM   #41 
  - thank you for sharing your story  DesertFlower   May-28-09 04:23 PM   #43 
  - Please send this letter to President Obama  crazylikafox   May-28-09 04:24 PM   #44 
  - K&R and bookmarked  jpak   May-28-09 04:26 PM   #45 
  - I am printing this out to show people who tell me that Canadians have bad health coverage.  PassingFair   May-28-09 04:27 PM   #47 
  - Well written sixstrings, I am so glad for your Dad and family.  yy4me   May-28-09 04:27 PM   #48 
  - Excellent post, happy to K&R...  SidDithers   May-28-09 04:30 PM   #50 
  - Thanks for posting your dad's story. If you listen to the right wing  Vinca   May-28-09 04:32 PM   #51 
  - My dad had just been given a clean bill of health from his yearly  emsimon33   May-28-09 04:33 PM   #52 
  - absolutely awesome.  Soylent Brice   May-28-09 04:38 PM   #54 
  - Thanks so much for sharing that story. Welcome to DU. I hope  JimWis   May-28-09 04:59 PM   #57 
  - great post -  flying_wahini   May-28-09 05:03 PM   #58 
  - Sorry? Don't be. You have done a great service by writing this very personal ...  puebloknot   May-28-09 05:08 PM   #59 
  - Thanks for sharing, and good luck  nadinbrzezinski   May-28-09 05:09 PM   #60 
  - I lworked in Canada about 20 years ago - it was great!  Rosa Luxemburg   May-28-09 05:32 PM   #61 
  - give your dad a hug for me  handmade34   May-28-09 06:19 PM   #63 
  - Thank you!  proReality   May-28-09 06:34 PM   #64 
  - I can tell you what would happen if you were in the US.  Jakes Progress   May-28-09 06:34 PM   #65 
  - Thank you for posting and continued well wishes for your Dad...  slipslidingaway   May-28-09 06:38 PM   #66 
  - Canadian health care is wonderful.  C_eh_N_eh_D_eh   May-28-09 06:45 PM   #67 
  - well not entirely true  canucksawbones   May-28-09 08:56 PM   #76 
  - Thanks for your perspective  supernova   May-28-09 10:03 PM   #79 
  - Try getting an appointment in my city  sweetpotato   May-29-09 10:14 AM   #116 
  - Congratulations on being in a country with sensible health care policies  MasonJar   May-28-09 08:23 PM   #68 
  - Thank you! Long post? Nope -- I hung onto every word.  pacalo   May-28-09 08:31 PM   #69 
  - Me too. Read every word!  progressoid   May-28-09 08:35 PM   #70 
     - me too!  DemReadingDU   May-28-09 08:48 PM   #73 
  - What a great story!  bluethruandthru   May-28-09 08:43 PM   #71 
  - ...  Libertas1776   May-28-09 08:44 PM   #72 
  - Thanks - this helps blunt the typical RW argument.  jimlup   May-28-09 08:49 PM   #74 
  - Awesome! So glad you posted about your dad and so glad he's doing well!!  AllyCat   May-28-09 08:50 PM   #75 
  - I am so glad that you told your story.  pleah   May-28-09 09:18 PM   #77 
  - I've had 2 knee replacements on the Australian Medicare-similar  Swagman   May-28-09 09:57 PM   #78 
  - FANTASTIC !  orbitalman   May-28-09 10:15 PM   #80 
  - Thank you for that. Here's wishing your dad  donheld   May-28-09 10:50 PM   #82 
  - I have a good friend in Canada and through her I have great respect for Canadian  glinda   May-28-09 11:31 PM   #83 
  - Bless your dad, sixstrings!  Joe Bacon   May-28-09 11:35 PM   #84 
  - Congrats on your dad's good fortune!  DFW   May-28-09 11:50 PM   #85 
  - awesome post, thank you for posting this! :) best wishes to you and your father! nt  inna   May-29-09 12:14 AM   #87 
  - Great Post!  wundermaus   May-29-09 12:31 AM   #88 
  - I'm very glad your dad is doing well  ProudDad   May-29-09 12:53 AM   #89 
  - K&R. Thank The Great Maker that he wasn't in the hands or our blood-soaked parasites.  Greyhound   May-29-09 12:55 AM   #90 
  - Thanks for sharing  proud patriot   May-29-09 01:05 AM   #91 
  - Amazing story.  Kitty Herder   May-29-09 01:35 AM   #92 
  - WOW!!! Thank you SO much for posting this!!!  DesertDiamond   May-29-09 03:51 AM   #96 
  - Thank you for your OP!  FunkyLeprechaun   May-29-09 04:07 AM   #97 
  - Now, if the Canadian system could identify the Causal factor  Grinchie   May-29-09 04:16 AM   #98 
  - K&R, happy to hear your father  Enthusiast   May-29-09 06:01 AM   #100 
  - K & R  Christa   May-29-09 06:19 AM   #102 
  - Incredible story  boobooday   May-29-09 06:58 AM   #103 
  - K&R  cabbage08   May-29-09 07:55 AM   #104 
  - As a fellow canuck, I have a similiar story  whosinpower   May-29-09 08:01 AM   #105 
  - Thanks for the post.  newfie11   May-29-09 08:03 AM   #106 
  - Best wishes for Dad - Thanks for sharing n/t  Number9Dream   May-29-09 08:04 AM   #107 
  - But..but..a friend of a friend is Canadian and she had to wait 6 months to see a doctor!  nxylas   May-29-09 08:06 AM   #108 
  - and the propaganda begins  NJCher   May-29-09 08:46 AM   #110 
  - great story  barbtries   May-29-09 08:08 AM   #109 
  - ON THE OTHER SIDE, I found a Garage Sale fundraiser...  Festivito   May-29-09 09:00 AM   #112 
  - I am sick & tired of Spaghetti Dinners & Rabies Clinics & all the fundraisers for kids with cancer..  Yellow Horse   Jun-04-09 05:15 AM   #136 
  - "Take away our healthcare system or try to americanize it..."  1955doubledie   May-29-09 09:29 AM   #114 
  - Bless you, your Dad & Canada.  Vidar   May-29-09 09:34 AM   #115 
  - Best wishes to your dad  Prophet 451   May-29-09 10:26 AM   #117 
  - Thanks for the post, important that people hear this.  harun   May-29-09 11:01 AM   #118 
  - All themore reason why we need universal healthcare.  Xenotime   May-29-09 11:04 AM   #119 
  - Thank You So Much  colsohlibgal   May-29-09 12:17 PM   #122 
  - Hugs and thank you for sharing your story. KnR  Pooka Fey   May-29-09 12:49 PM   #123 
  - Welcome to D.U. sixstrings,  Uncle Joe   May-29-09 12:55 PM   #124 
  - K&R from one Canadian to another.  auntAgonist   May-29-09 01:06 PM   #125 
  - We need to begin gathering these stories to combat the crapola in the corporate media!  bobbolink   May-30-09 01:50 PM   #132 
  - Thanks for this. Best to you and your family.  Dangerously Amused   May-29-09 01:11 PM   #126 
  - Welcome to DU!  Strong Atheist   May-29-09 01:21 PM   #127 
  - welcome to DU! great post  dionysus   May-29-09 02:00 PM   #130 
  - WOW! Thanks for all the well wishes.  sixstrings75   Jun-01-09 01:51 PM   #133 
  - Andy Stephenson had the same procedure, and we all went through HELL (including Andy) so he could.  demodonkey   Jun-04-09 05:05 AM   #135 

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