i am in australia, so i do not know the american system..........
but is there some form of complain proccess.
the actions of the financial lady, and the doctor are far from acceptable.
someone needs to change their attutude before they kill someone by there inaction.
Oh no. Are you trapped in that 2 1/2 year wait for Medicare after you've been approved for SSD? If so, I unfortunately know the drill. I was one of the few who was approved for SSD just 10 weeks after I applied (yep, I was in a very bad way and had tons of medical documentation to prove it) so I had to wait over 2 years for Medicare. I kept the insurance I had with the school district through COBRA for as long as I could but I had to pay the $400/month premium myself, plus all of the copays and out-of-pocket expenses. I ran out of money several months before Medicare kicked in.
Originally Posted by tgal
Texas is not a good place to have this happen, either. You have to have nothing to get any help and, yeah, the SSD amount is considered "too high." Since I have home health off and on, I had the HH social worker helping me to find some sort of medical assistance. It just didn't exist. I even called the governor's office begging for help. To his credit, his office did hook me up with an ombudsman for health care to try to find assistance for me. She was super-nice and very frustrated when she had to tell me there was nothing. She told me that it makes her so angry that "people like us" fall through the cracks -- and there are millions of us!
So, here's what I figured out on my own -- go to the non-profit hospital systems. Set up an appointment with their resource assistance office. We have a Baptist hospital here that has been absolutely wonderful to me. Even now that I have Medicare, they still signed me up for their assistance program that covers the 20 percent that Medicare doesn't pay and any other copays. Have you tried St. Luke's Episcopal Health System? I've heard great things about them helping people.
These "for profit" places that have no compassion for "people like us" will get what's coming to them. I truly believe that. It's beyond sad when people in the healing professions can't spare any compassion or even courtesy to those who don't have a lot of money and Cadillac insurance. Even if I did have a lot of money, I wouldn't WANT to pay people like that to care for me!
Hang in there, hon. I know it's frustrating, scary, and so unfair but you will win and you will be all the stronger for it!
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Have you applied with DADS yet? It's the Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services. I'm sure you would qualify and there is a waiting list for services but once they get you on the programs, they're SO helpful. They pay for me to have housekeeping and attendant services and I'm on a waiting list for Medicaid through them. (They use different criteria than HHS so you qualify because you're disabled, not because you're indigent.)
If you haven't signed up yet, do. It's a good resource and they'll find services to help you no matter where you live.
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Ok, now I'm just mad. I don't know what I was before (bewildered, maybe) but now I'm just full of mad. It takes a special kind of idiocy that they only teach in schools you have to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars to attend to even THINK about looking down your nose at my Tgal.
Lady, I've only known you a short while, but in that time I've been awed by you. You're a teacher, guidance counsiler, cheerleader, and friend to hundreds of people who've never even met you. You're one of our constants here, one of the people we can absolutely always count on to just be there to listen, if nothing else.
Stupid, stupid doctor, making you feel less than amazing. If I wasn't such a pacifist I'd wanna punch him in the throat. I don't know why I picked his throat, but I'm sticking with it.
Throat Puncher would also be an ok band name.
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I'm late to the party tgal, but I'm horrified at how you were treated at the "private" hospital. Obviously, patient care isn't care isn't their number one priority.
I am relieved to hear that you ate feeling better, in spite of their treatment. Poo-poo heads!
i had to quote this.
Originally Posted by BonusMom
Sickening. I'm glad you're out of there and hope you can find help through DADS. I'd never heard of it either. Good luck! I too was wondering which hospital this is. If it's near the north side, odds are I won't ever be in a position to use it since I'm down in League City. But, man. Doesn't sound like a place I'd want any of my loved ones to end up. I'm sick of "health care professionals" who treat us like cash cows and when we don't produce we're just a burden on them.