Yeah Cigna is bad, but what about the hospitals?

You may have already heard about this highly publicized story about a woman whose daughter died while waiting for a transplant because Cigna denied to cover the operation. The lady went to Cigna and wanted an apology and employees literally gave her the finger. This story illustrates the evil nature of the insurance companies.

I have one little question though…

Why aren’t people talking about the doctors here? The insurance said they wouldn’t pay, and the girl died because the answer to reverse the denial came too late. Why the hell didn’t the doctors say to themselves ‘you know, we have the liver lying right here, why not just save this little girl and figure out who pays for it later?’ I know that when I say doctors here I am really meaning the hospital administration that told the doctors to not do that. The real thing here is that the insurance companies have so much unchecked power and the costs are so astronomical that hospitals regularly do the wrong thing (to protect their shareholders) because they are afraid they might lose money on the deal. So what if a 17 year old girl dies? At least the shareholders get to keep their Mercedes.

It’s probably going to be impossible to change, not without a total reboot. It’s really the whole system here. The American Way has shown that we can make a lot of money really fast for doing not much of anything. It also shows that greed and fear of losing money makes people do the most evil shit possible. Take greed out of the equation. Make medicine a non profit enterprise. That’s the only way people will do the right thing and make it so greed and paralysis on the part of caregivers (hard to believe they call themselves that with a straight face still) doesn’t kill little girls. Or grandmas. Or you.

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