Hello Marion and all,
Have been Internet-less for a while, moved to my new house and been too busy to set it up but I have been missing my cc family so just checking in here.
This article is very interesting and highlights something I have been thinking about for some time now. Namely, that one of the problems I see with health insurance is that years ago there wasn't a whole lot medicine could do for many illnesses so the payouts that insurance companies had to make were limited by what medicine could do. I am thinking of my mother's dear friend who died of lung cancer in the early 80's. She likely received some diagnostic tests and hospice care benefits. My mother's surgery alone, on the other hand, cost almost $100,000.
With more treatment possibilities premiums have skyrocketed and are out of reach financially for many families. It is ironic that while more treatment is available, insurance has never been harder to get and keep. I know that people on the board have different opinions on the whole health care reform issue but I don't think having to argue with insurance companies is good for a patient's health. If my mother did not have Medicare, I honestly don't think I could have stomached arguing with insurance companies on the phone, I was barely keeping it together.