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Response to Ichingcarpenter (Original post)

Thu Mar 13, 2014, 08:13 PM

65. I wish I could have responded to something Dr. Bob Hogberg said

He was talking to the representative from Denmark, and in his effort to show that our system is better he used some statistics from Denmark's single payer system. He said that in Denmark, they rationed care by making people wait for treatment. They have a 48 day waiting period for herniated disc repair. Well, Dr. Hogberg, let me tell you about my experience here with something much worse than a herniated disc (which I've also experienced). I had a cyst in my spinal column that ruptured when I was knocked down by my dogs. I was in so much pain, I had to hold onto furniture and walls to walk, and could not bump anything or twist my body in any way, without risk of falling. I walked like a zombie for over 80 days because that's how long it took me to get the surgery I needed.

First I had to wait two weeks for my insurance to kick in (something that would not have happened in a single payer system). I was on a new job and there was a 45 day waiting period for insurance to kick in. So I waited two weeks to see a primary care doctor. The doctor prescribed an x-ray, which showed nothing (cysts don't show up on x-rays). Because he had no proof of a problem with the x-ray, the insurance company would not authorize an MRI. So he had me go to physical therapy for 4 weeks, which just made it worse, and was absolutely the wrong thing to do. Then when therapy didn't work, he finally sent me in for an MRI, and they saw the cyst, but I had to wait another week to get another MRI because they wanted better pictures. Then he sent me to a neurosurgeon. It took two weeks to get in to see him, and another two weeks to schedule the surgery. So I was in very serious pain for eleven weeks before getting it fixed...with this wonderful "for profit" insurance system of ours.

By the time I got my surgery, the nerve damage was so severe, I ended up with permanent nerve damage. All I can say is, I would have much preferred a 48 day waiting period to the almost 80 days I had to wait because of the "rationing" of our for-profit insurance scam (I mean system) we have in this country.

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