I do not want to have to switch my health care coverage.
For the past 15 years, I have had multiple spinal epidural injections to relieve my sciatic nerve pain. The injection lasts for 4-6 months and I am pain free during that interval. All of my records and images are at a major hospital in Delaware where I worked for 8 years. When I left that position I went on Medicare. My injections continued without a copay. I now work at a major health system in Philadelphia and receive health coverage through that health care system.
Recently, I went down to Delaware for my epidural injection before a major out of town trip. The injection worked and I was pain free. Imagine my surprise when I received a bill for a copay for the hospital facility fee for over $1200. I did not realize that the hospital in Delaware was a tier 3 provider. I was never told this before the procedure or the amount of my copay. In fact, I received the bill almost 3 months after the procedure. I appealed this case to Blue Cross and am waiting their decision. I told them that I was never told about the co pay before the procedure and it was bad medicine for me to change providers. I am awaiting their decision.
I should be able to go to whatever health care system I choose and to stay with the hospital that has all of my records and has past experience with my problem. I do not want to switch. For years, I have been very satisfied with the care that I received in Delaware. I have been essentially pain free and able to travel, exercise and enjoy life. Just because my insurance coverage has changed, I should not have to switch my providers. This is bad medicine.
A single payer plan could solve this problem, and Bernie Sanders’ proposal would be a good first step. No one should have their care disrupted because they were forced to change insurance.