Health care is a basic human right, not a privilege. For some reason, we’ve allowed ourselves as Americans to be fooled into accepting that one must be blessed with “means” to actuate appropriate health care. As a nation we have failed to realize that our health care system is a barometer of our society’s value for human life.


Tuesday, January 15, 2008


It is hard to believe, in fact, I’ll believe it when I have my grubby hands on it. I spoke with Medtronic on the phone moments ago, and it seems to me that with very little effort at all they received a reference/approval # in regards to my CGM MiniLink purchase and I should expect to receive said product as early as tomorrow.

Hard to believe.

I’m still waiting for the other shoe to drop. I have experienced a certain amount of disbelief dealing with this new health insurance company. Blue Cross Blue Shield was such a struggle in regards to, well, ANYTHING. Definity Health thus far has been extremely accommodating, helpful, and knowledgeable (as in the person who answers their customer service line can actually be relied upon for an accurate answer).

Acquisition of this prime piece of DME will mean exhaustion of my initial “HRA”, plunging my family into our $1,125 worth of “member responsibility.” I’m expecting my health costs to be shooting up immediately after tomorrow. Should be fun.

1 comment:

Caro said...

Good luck with your startup, and congratulations on getting insurance approval.

I've been trying to get NHS coverage for mine for most of the 18 months I've been using it. It is a depressing battle. I feel better tonight after writing a stream of consciousness letter in response to the one I received from my "care" team this week. None of them actually live with diabetes and I feel they are writing off the importance of this too easily. Tomorrow I will make the letter readable, and send it!

I can't believe it has been 18 months since my Addison's diagnosis either. Sometimes that seems waaay to long. Other times I can hardly believe it's only been 18 months. Popping hydrocortisone tablets (and wearing the CGM for that matter have just become such an ingrained part of me.