Sep 5, 2009

Breasts, Bras, & Health Care Reform

Now that I have you're attention, I wanted to share something important.

We are hearing a lot about health care reform, and many are concerned that changes in the way things are done will mean less care, well let me tell you that this is already happening - insurance companies themselves are changing what they will cover, Medicaid discourages covering certain things for people over a certain age (remind me to tell you the story about my father-in-law sometime), and here's just another example...this is part of an email I received from a friend:
From a nurse: I'll never forget the look in my patients' eyes when I had to tell them they had to go home with the drains, new exercises and no breast.

I remember begging the Doctors to keep these women in the hospital longer, only to hear that they would, but their hands were tied by the insurance companies.

So there I sat with my patients, giving them the instructions they needed to take care of themselves, knowing full well they didn't grasp half of what I was saying, because the glazed, hopeless, frightened look spoke louder than the quiet 'Thank You' they muttered.

A mastectomy is when a woman's breast is removed in order to remove cancerous breast cells/tissue. If you know anyone who has had a Mastectomy, you may know that there is a lot of discomfort and pain afterwards. Insurance companies are trying to make mastectomies an outpatient procedure.

Let's give women the chance to recover properly in the hospital for 2 days after surgery. It takes 2 seconds to do this and is very important.

There's a bill called the Breast Cancer Patient Protection Act which will require insurance companies to cover a minimum 48-hour hospital stay for patients undergoing a mastectomy.

It's about eliminating the 'drive-through' Mastectomy where women are forced to go home just a few hours after surgery, against the wishes of their doctor, still groggy from anesthesia and sometimes with drainage tubes still attached.

In 2009 when this post was first published, Lifetime Television put this bill on their Web page with a petition drive to show support. Over half the House signed on. 
Thank you for reading.

Updated 3/21/16

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