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Friday, December 21, 2007

Another Health Care Horror Story

by capper

Everyone knows that those socialistic health care systems, like those in Europe and Canada, cause patients to wait for unforgivable amounts of time. Patients in these systems can wait for months to get the necessary treatment, and sometimes even die before they get it. Or they are forced to pay for their care out of their own pockets and/or go to the United States to get their treatment.

Well, did you hear about the latest horror story? A teenage girl who needed a liver transplant in order to live was denied the treatment. Health care administrators called the procedure experimental. When they finally changed their minds and agreed that the procedure could happen, it was too late. Only hours after those heartless fools changed their minds, the girl succumbed and passed away.

The only thing is this. It didn't happen in Canada or Europe. It happened in Los Angeles. California. United States of America. From the article:

The family of a 17-year-old leukemia patient blamed Cigna Corp. on Friday for her death, saying the health insurance giant's initial refusal to pay for a liver transplant contributed to her death.

"They took my daughter away from me," said Nataline Sarkisyan's father, Krikor, with tears in his eyes at a news conference at his lawyer's office.

The Philadelphia-based insurer had initially refused to pay for the procedure, saying it was experimental. The company reversed the decision Thursday as about 150 nurses and community members rallied outside of its office in Glendale in suburban Los Angeles. Nataline died just hours later.

The insurer "maliciously killed" Nataline because it did not want to bear the expense of her transplant and aftercare, said family attorney Mark Geragos. He did not say when or in what court he would file the civil lawsuit.

Now, will the conservatives kindly please stop trying to cherry pick anecdotal evidence and get down to the serious business of fixing our health care system. Before more children die.

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