I received the following email from a friend and seasoned medical professional. This person has worked in oncology for several years and forwarded this information on to me as our son’s currently a cancer patient, so repercussions are possible for our family. She shares information learned in a meeting about possible major healthcare changes directly related to Obamacare. If you or a loved one is an oncology patient, these possible “tweaks” to the system could have a devastating impact on those fighting the vicious disease of cancer. Here’s a snapshot of some of the possible Obamacare changes for oncology patients.
I’ve made no corrections or changes; I copied and pasted this from my email.
I was in a meeting and thought you’d be interested in the following legislation being looked at which affects cancer patients.
One is in Kansas legislation. A bill was just presented to them called the Kansas Death with Dignity Act. If passed, it will legally allow terminal patients to request medication from their physicians to aid them in performing euthanasia. It is in the very early stages and Kansas is a very conservative state, so it may hit a brick wall there. That won’t stop proponents of it hearing about it and trying to get it passed in liberal states.
Second is the Cancer Cap with insurance companies. In response to the portion of the Obama Care that does not allow insurance companies to turn away patients with pre-existing conditions, the insurance companies are coming up with caps for treating diseases. Caps are nothing new. There have been caps on procedures for years. It was a way to control costs so one facility wouldn’t charge $1000 for a CT while another one charged $3000. Even with bone marrow transplants there are caps. The insurance companies know it costs about $100,000 for a bone marrow procedure, so that is what they allow in their plan for one to be done. If the cost goes above and beyond that, the patient has to pay depending on terms preset in their plan. What is new is for instance with the Cancer Cap. Each year a patient will be allowed a certain cost limit for treatment of cancer. That covers visits to the doctor, lab/procedures ordered by the doctor and chemo administration costs. Every bill associated with the oncology office goes in to one section. That section has only so much money allowed in it. Once that limit is reached, the patient has to pay for continued visits, treatment, etc. Cancer will become what the health care world calls a rich man’s disease. This means that only the rich will be able to proceed with treating the cancer once the limit is reached, but the poor will just have to stop treatment. It also means socialized medicine is right around the corner.
These are issues I was floored about during the meeting. You popped in my head as someone to share it. The people of this country better get on their knees and open their eyes. We are heading for some huge changes that aren’t for anyone’s best interest.
As she challenges, we’d better beg God to intervene as our Country appears to be in a cataclysmic freefall.