I am done with doctors and the healthcare system in the US. The entire system is a for profit joke. Doctors go into the field to get rich now and don't care about patients. Medications are so expensive no one can afford them. I have a PLATINUM ($950 mo) Blue Shield policy because I know I need biologics and they don't cover anything anymore. My doctor orders an MRI - DENIED. Prescribes medicine - DENIED. I fight them every month to get my Cosentyx. And with rare exception, most doctors are either so disillusioned with the system or greedy they all suck now (Except my Rhemy is good). My other doctor - who was a real doctor - retired.
I just went to see a doctor today, sent in all the paperwork and asked twice if they take my insurance. "Yes, come in". So I get there and they tell me their front office person made a mistake and they don't take my insurance but I can pay $600 cash to see the doctor. Now I am getting shaken down by doctors! People like us with chronic conditions don't fit in the system anymore. Doctors don't want to deal with difficult patients anymore b/c it makes them feel powerless and inept. Since they can't do anything to help you, it crushes their fragile egos so they would rather see someone easier.
I have come to the conclusion today that doctors don't give two craps about helping you. They just want the money. The idea of a doctor taking some "oath" is a dead concept. I am sorry to be so negative but it's the truth and you know it. Everyone who has this disease deals with terrible doctors, bad treatment, high drug costs and horrible high priced insurance. I pay almost $40,000 a year for my + families insurance and what do you get for it? DENIALS! My wife fractured her foot and the insurance wouldn't cover an MRI. I just paid cash. I can probably bring my yearly costs down to $25k a year on a cheaper policy but get ready for more denials and more co-pays and out of pocket. On my $950mo policy I still have an $8000 out of pocket deductible!
I am almost on the verge of getting basic policies that cover nothing and paying cash for everything since I am already paying $40k a year. You know how much I can get for $40k a year cash!! People like us need to demand this broken system change. The US is the biggest joke of healthcare - and I know because I traveled internationally for 10 years and ended up in a hospital in France and other countries. In France, not only did they only charge me $120 for the 1 day hospital stay, they paid for my cab!! Everything was covered by the government even though I wasn't even a citizen! And the doctors and staff were amazing.
You have no idea how bad healthcare is here until you go to Europe. Yes, there are problem with the EU systems but here you have to rob a dam bank to afford treatment. What good is not waiting for treatment when you can't afford it? I have pretty much given up on putting any faith in doctors or this joke of a system helping me anymore.
Last edited by mpc2012; 08/27/21 09:01 AM.