Rebecca Margolick

  • commented on Share Your Healthcare Story 2021-06-10 11:51:12 -0400
    My partner and I have private health insurance through his job. However, our deductible is 8K, our out-of-pocket is 14,900K. Recently, we were charged 2.5K just for my husbands colonoscopy, which is a basic necessary procedure because he has Ulcerative Colitis, and is in a really bad flare. We argued with our insurance company for 5 hours to make sure this procedure would be covered – eventually they said it would, but we still got a bill for 2.5K. He is now going on immunosuppressants, which cost about 8-10K per month / per infusion. Our insurance will cover 40% of the cost, not to mention all the co-pays for specialists visits. We’re going to be on the hook for thousands and thousands of dollars. We’re going to be dipping into our savings, and going into medical debt, just to get necessary medication for his chronic condition. Not to mention, we will need to fight with insurance to get them to even cover the medication he wants to take. The decision on what medication to take, should be between you and your doctor, not you and your insurance company. When I look at how little our insurance actually covers, even with a $600/month premium each… I ask myself, what are we paying for??

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