Don’t let bureaucrats run health care
I have read with interest those who subscribe to the notion that single-payer (or Medicare for all) is the way to deal with health care issues. I could not disagree more.
My wife is an ovarian cancer survivor. Attendant to her surgery, lymph nodes were removed to ensure no cancer cells spread. Thankfully, the cancer did not spread, but the removal of lymph nodes caused a catastrophic collapse of her lymphatic system in her right leg, resulting in lymphedema. This resulted in physical and mental trauma.
We found a world-renowned surgeon who was successful in treating the condition, and her leg is now normal size. This required 11 major surgeries, the first nine of which were covered by her private insurance. However, since she aged into Medicare, the last two were denied by Medicare as not necessary and experimental. We were forced to fund the last two surgeries at our cost. The surgeon’s bill and the hospital charges reached six figures.
I decided to appeal the erroneous Medicare decision and ran into many bureaucratic hurdles. I requested help from our elected representatives. Sens. Tim Kaine and Mark Warner were of no assistance at all. Rep. Dave Brat, however, took a personal interest in helping us and after 18 months we secured approval from Medicare for the surgeries. We are now awaiting final pricing for reimbursement.
Regrettably, initial pricing is pegged at $452 for the $82,500 surgeon’s bill, less than for a root canal. I am appealing this ridiculous decision and with the help of Brat, I’m optimistic we will prevail. No word yet on the hospital billing.
Letting unelected bureaucrats run your health care is something no one should want. Believing Democrats will look out for you is a mistake. JOEL S. LEWIS. HENRICO.