Friday, November 20, 2009

Cha-Ching! The Insurance Companies Win?

So lemme see if I have this right... women are to wait until they are 50 for a mammogram, till 21 to have a pap smear, and all the research that showed otherwise is in the toilet?

Do you hear the wheels of the insurance industry crushing women's bones? Because I do.

Every woman, except one, I know who was diagnosed with breast cancer, was diagnosed in their early to mid 40's. Every one. And isn't pap smears about checking up after sexual activity starts? How many women do you know that waited until they were 21? Even in the "old days" that wasn't true.

And yet we have these recommendations, on the tail of restricted abortion access tagged onto the health care bill. But you can be sure, Viagra is still covered, 100%.

I find this appalling. Women's lives risked by profit margins. It doesn't matter how stunning your doctor is, how thoughtful, they will be tied by these rules. Don't worry- you can pay out of pocket for these procedures. Just like abortion has always been available to wealthy women.

Cha-Ching. The insurance companies win again.

8 Comments:

Blogger Sue J said...

I'm glad you wrote about this -- I nearly drove off the road when I heard this on the radio this morning. (And my insurance probably wouldn't pay for it because they'd say it was my fault!)

My head is spinning as I see women's health being tossed around as nothing more than a cost/benefit analysis!

11:03 AM  
Anonymous Morgan said...

Overheard in the boardroom:
Old white male 1-
"Women, they are the problem with this country. Ever since they gained the right to vote, we have been subjected to their demands of a be more inclusive, be more kind!It has cost us too much. We allowed them too many concessions and now, they have greater numbers. No longer do they ask, they demand. We must find a way to stop this nonsense! How? How?
Old white male 2 -
What if we decrease their numbers? Then we can regain control.

It is a cost/benefit analysis to them. We no longer benefit them, they don't want to pay the cost.

2:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

its an outrage!

12:08 AM  
Anonymous donald said...

good one morgan!

i am disgusted by all of it. do you think they would ever tell men not to have a psa until they were 50? nope, never!

5:25 AM  
Blogger Rev. Bob said...

Rich women have mammograms, poor women have cancer.

Gee, what other women's health issue does that sound like?

12:52 PM  
Blogger Rev. Bob said...

I see one more example of class warfare like this, I'll say screw it, I'll be a Marxist.

12:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It was extremely interesting for me to read the post. Thanks for it. I like such themes and anything that is connected to them. I definitely want to read more soon.

7:23 PM  
Blogger Ulla said...

Dear everybody, welcome to universal health care. This is the way it is. The well-to-do will have to sacrifice absolute top notch service so that everybody - those who are not covered at all today - can get mediocre health care. The same for everybody.
In Denmark, where I live, mammogram screenings start at 50, pap smears at 21. It's a simple cost-benefit-risk-analysis. This year I, personally, waited four month for a mammogram, after having gone to my doctor with a lump in my breast. He referred me to the hospital, and the doctor at the hospital evaluated me and decided that at my age, it was probably a cyst. So I had to wait, and that was pretty tough. But it WAS a cyst. That's socialised medicin: Equal (and poor) access based on need, not everything on demand.

4:44 AM  

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