When you go to a doctor for the most part you have a problem you are worried so you go to get piece of mind.
When you’re disabled doctors become like breathing, you have a, orthopedic surgeon you have a neurologist you have a endocrinologist you have a rehabilitation therapist and quite often a therapist to handle the depression that comes with suddenly finding yourself disabled. Now that was an example, it changes for whatever your medical diagnosis is.
Now to afford this my spouse pays $700 a month for insurance out of her pay, we pay $50 co pay every time we see a doctor ,we pay $50-$200 for every blood test and we pay $500 every time I go to hospital then its $1,00-2,000 out of the ten thousand plus for the stay. On top of that I am on 7 different tablets and one injectable medicine and they cost $250 every two weeks and my wheelchair was as expensive as a four cylinder car.
On top of that every time I leave the house, if the government hasn’t fixed the elevators at the subway its $100 round trip to go anywhere in a vehicle that can take my chair.
So you say mia life’s tough yes its tough but I live with it in fact most of the time I kick it’s ass before it kicks mine, I have systems I chose doctors carefully and made sure they are professional and their office staff even more importantly are efficient.
Then you have times like today, I have been getting annoying collection calls for a medical bill I don’t owe that the insurance covered for the last year. Every three months we solve it they apologize and they promise it will never happen again, then three months later the calls start again. So today I called the direct number for my neurosurgeon to get his office manager involved because she has always been on top of everything in the past,. Unbeknownst to me since my last call they have installed a call over flowSystem so it went like this
I dial doctor Cohen’s number the phone is answered by someone who tells me very curtly I dialed the wrong number, I tell her I didn’t dialed it’s the same number I have had programmed In for the last 2 years. They give me a number it’s the number I dialed so I hang up
I dial doctor Cohen’s number It goes to his overflow again, they tell me I again must have dialed the wrong number so they again give me a number it’s again is the same number I dialed when I got them so I hang up.
I dial doctor Cohen’s number and again I get the overflow and again everything above happened and again they were rude and again they gave me a number to dial, and again it was the number I dialed to get them.
This went on for many calls,they were rude they were smart ass and they were homophobic and abusive. But if I don’t put up with it almost 3 years of tests and results and treatment and actually getting somewhere with my diagnosis has to be done again, because of the ego’s of doctors they won’t listen to someone else’s results.
So in an average month after paying over $1, ooo I am expected to be treated like this and take it.
So to everyone who says “why do you get so worked up in your blog Mia?” Well this is why, now to be fair they promised it’s sorted out and will never happen again? Hmm as they did in May and February and October 2011 and July of 2011! So If I believe them what are the mortgage payments on the Brooklyn Bridge?