Aw, go fund yourself

If you’re asking “How do we get to single-payer health coverage?” here’s part of the answer:

After rejecting a 60-year-old woman’s request for a heart transplant for lack of “a more secure financial plan,” Grand Rapids, Mich.-based Spectrum Health recommended that she start a $10,000 fundraiser to come up with the money, according to a Detroit Free Press report.

The recommendation came via a Nov. 20 letter from a nurse with Spectrum Health’s Heart & Lung Specialized Care Clinics. In the letter, the nurse told Hedda Martin of Grand Rapids that the multidisciplinary heart transplant committee determined she is “not a candidate at this time for a heart transplant due to needing more secure financial plan for immunosuppresive medication coverage.”

Immunosuppresive drugs help prevent a person’s body from rejecting a new heart or other transplanted organ. The nurse also told Ms. Martin the transplant committee “is recommending a fundraising effort of $10,000.”

The letter was reportedly posted on social media by the patient, sparking backlash from some commentators over the committee’s decision. According to the report, some commentators on Twitter compared the committee to a “death panel.”

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  1. McGehee »

    11 April 2019 · 11:43 am

    If people want to complain, they need to complain about how the government has encouraged the interposition of bean-counters between doctor and patient.

    The instant the government became a payer for any segment of the population (Medicare/Medicaid) it became a malignant distorter of the medical decision-making process. The more things the government was expected to cover for its wards, the more premium-paying policyholders expected their private insurance to cover, and the progression has only gathered momentum.

    People who don’t like corporate third-party payers getting involved in these decisions need to realize that replacing corporate bean-counters with Patty and Selma won’t make things any better.

  2. CGHill »

    11 April 2019 · 6:03 pm

    Smokier, yes.

  3. The Other McCain »

    11 April 2019 · 8:13 pm

    In The Mailbox: 04.11.19

    […] Dustbury: Aw, Go Fund Yourself […]

  4. Roger O Green »

    12 April 2019 · 5:45 am

    dreadful. the number of GoFundMe campaigns for medical procedures cross my path on a nearly daily basis.

  5. hollyh »

    12 April 2019 · 9:31 am

    I’m with Bernie on this. Everyone should have health coverage, period. I understand the argument that bureaucrats over-complicate things. But OMG how could it be worse than it is now? And btw, check out the satisfaction level of people in Canada, for example. Their bureaucrats have NOT apparently ruined everything.

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