Wednesday, January 30, 2008

An example of why health care costs are so high

Over the last month or so, I have heard of a number of people who had come down with the same slow progressing miserable cold virus that I suffered through (which I am almost finally done with, after three weeks). Today, my husband was at work and he realized that he really couldn't concentrate and was starting to feel extremely exhausted. So, he called our doctor and made an appointment. (I usually don't call the doctor unless there's something terribly acute going on, or if I've had something for a while that I can't shake or it seems to be getting worse.) He stopped home for a nap before his appointment and relayed his situation to me before I went off for my job interview.

When I got home from my interview, he was back in bed again. I asked him how his appointment went. Our doctor told him that he wants my husband to see a neurologist and to have a CAT scan.


I could understand if my husband had been having these symptoms for a week or more, or if he was displaying other profound neurological symptoms (loss of coordination, tingling, uneven pupils, etc.), but he's not displaying any such thing. I'm no doctor, but I would not be surprised in the least if he's just showing the early signs of coming down with the slow onset virus that I had. I spend about four days been REALLY tired before I had any other truly tangible symptoms.

So, my husband is going to see a neurologist for, what is more than likely, a cold!


barbie2be said...

i hope your husbands test is normal.

i know exactly what you mean about unnecessary though... once when my inhaler ran out, i couldn't get a new one because the perscription had been written out wrong. the person i got connected to at my insurance comapny actually told me that they would rather i go to the emergency room at a cost of $5,000 to them rather than them authorize a refill on my inhaler.

i couldn't believe the utter stupidity of that reasoning.

Summer said...

I hope all is well with your husband and it is indeed just this awful virus. The way insurnce companies are these days the powers that be might not cover the test. Better check first.