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My wife has a chronic case of ulcerative colitis, luckily it is currently in remission, However, her gastroenterologist has deemed it wise to have her undergo a colonoscopy annually to make sure nothing more serious has developed, like cancerous polyps. The procedure was completed successfully and she was given the good news that while her colitis is still present, it is in a very reduced state, and no other abnormalities were detected.

This joy has been muted recently after we got a call from the doctor- evidently my insurance company through work declined not the colonoscopy procedure itself, but the anesthesia she was given during the procedure. WTF?? Does Cigna expect that the doctor just tell her to bite on a bullet and take a shot of whiskey?? I just saw that douche Orrin Hatch once again call our health care "the best in the world" after the public option was defeated in committee and I wanted to chuck my remote at the TV. I have a feeling that after we spend lots of hours on the phone yelling at Cigna that they will eventually pay the doctor, but why should I even have to go through that hassle?

I realize that this problem is just a small one compared to other horror stories out there, but I thought I wuld share one of the more minor annoyances with the community to highlight that this system is royally
FUBAR from top to bottom, whether you have no insurance, or you are sitting pretty fat dumb and happy like we were-I just wish I could convince a few of my wingnut friends of this, but I suspect unless they are denied something they will continue to bleat socialized medicine!! until perhaps it hits closer to home.

Originally posted to mcrowther on Tue Sep 29, 2009 at 02:15 PM PDT.

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