Friday, September 19, 2008

Group Health. Why they suck.

So the doctors at Group Death confirmed finally that it is in fact uterine cancer that my Nanna has. How far advanced, they won't know until her doctor appointment on Sept. 22. No, I guess they couldn't make it any sooner. I hate Group Health. I do. I don't hate many things, but I think they should burn that motherfucking place to. the. ground.

My grandmother told them months and months ago she was in pain. They said she was too old to to give a pelvic check to and dismissed her. Months and months pass, and FINALLY they check her because she is now bleeding. (Sorry men, but these are the cold hard facts of what us women are facing). They check her, take a scraping of her uterus and find cancerous cells. This was almost 2 weeks ago. The doctor marked it URGENT in capital letters, along with adding a number of URGENT green stickers on the test, and told my grandmother she would have the results on Thursday.

So Nanna waits. And waits. And waits. Until at 4:00 she couldn't' stand it anymore and calls the lab. Guess what. Those stupid idiots hadn't even touched it. They had to search for the test. They told her they would run it and call her back the following week. Nanna said this was unacceptable, that if they were looking at her test, they should be able to see the URGENT labels all over it, and the doctors note that this was a very urgent matter. The tech said fine and that she would call my Nanna the next day.

Friday afternoon, Nanna still has heard nothing. Of course, she didn't tell any of the family that these dip shits were not doing their job, because our whole family would have taken turns beating the lab techs to a pulp.

She calls again, and they say that they will run it by the end of the day and send the report to her gynecologist by Monday. Right. Liars.

My Nanna just heard this Wednesday, a full week after the test was taken, that she does indeed have uterine cancer.

I swear to all that is holy, if it is advanced and not treatable at this point, I will personally burn her gynecologists office down. If that asshole didn't run a simple test because of her age and it risks her life, I will not let that person have any peace.


Fucking Group Health.

And this, my friends, is why I don't want to wait. We have awesome insurance right now that WILL take the time to treat me right. I know it is a radical decision, but what happens if in 10 years, we for some reason have Group Death, and I end up with breast, uterine, or ovarian cancer? I know, from this experience, that they won't do shit. I am just another number to them. My current insurance (Premera) has taken very good care of me and my husband and children. They cover pretty much everything, including chiropractic care, my genetic counseling and genetic testing, acupuncture, and naturopaths. None of this is very common with most insurances. Believe me, I know.

13 comments:

Beth said...

awww...I'm sorry about your grandma's cancer. Cancer sucks big balls. and sucky incurance sucks BIG balls. Kick some ass if you have to...I got your back.

Christie said...

Thanks, Beth! I may need it. I really don't think any judge could fault my decision to take those douchebags down, do you?

AJ said...

I am praying and also ready to kick some ass as well. {{{{HUGS}}}}

Princess in Galoshes said...

I'm really sorry to hear about your Grandma, hopefully the cancer isn't too far along, yet! Keep us posted.

Glad you and your kids are better covered, at the very least. Too bad Grandma can't get in on your policy.

Mighty Dyckerson said...

Poor Ms. McFatty. You should have sent granny to Dr. Dyck. I would have scraped her uterus for free.

Toryssa said...

Jesus Christ... your poor nanna! I'm so sorry. I'd be willing to come help kick some asses, too. That or at least bring the booze and some moral support.

Guilty Secret said...

I am so sorry. Big hugs, my friend.

Crystal said...

Nana sounds like she has quite a strong uterus.

Still, I will pray for her.

Anonymous said...

So sorry to hear about your Nanna. Group Health (Group Slaughterhouse) is horrible and awful. I am going to a different Group Health outside of my city to find a doctor that doesn't see my family as a number. Hopefully...they will start hiring doctors instead of robots.

nordy said...

Group Death's most recent outrage concerns opiod pain medications. They are clearly moving toward a policy in which everyone with chronic pain, no matter how agonizing, will get blown off to Aleve.

They're using misinformation and scare tactics to try to frighten people away from these drugs. All the while they piously insist they're doing it all for their patients' good, when it's obvious they're doing nothing but covering their asses.

Meanwhile, anyone who ever has been prescribed opioids considered a drug abuser. And GHC is setting up regular piss tests for anyone who has ever taken opioid meds. In short, you're guilty unless proven innocent.

Meanwhile, I'm being monitored. Urgent Care has been alerted. The consulting nurse has been alerted.

I went in for some lab work last week and got invited to take the piss test. I refused. If this travesty of a health provider ever responds by denying me needed medication, I will sue it in a court of law.

michelle said...

I have had so many problems with Group Health. I was misdiagnosed twice and they haven't done anything for me to see what exactly is wrong.

Anonymous said...

People are not getting this GHC health system. Come to the clinic for something as small as a cold, fill up every appointment slot, so GHC can be in the green. GHC needs as many appointments as possible to meet cost. But really treating people with serious ailments? Please. It's all about the money and how many people can we cram into the schedule. GHC is losing money but they are not telling the public this..

Anonymous said...

I HATE GROUP HEALTH TOO AND I WANT TO BE APART OF THE UNDOING OF THEM! I'VE HAD NOTHING BUT PROBLEMS WITH THEM. MISDIAGNOSIS, UNDERDIAGNOSIS, NOT THE RIGHT TESTS, MULTIPLES OF THE SAME TESTS, UNPROFESSIONAL BEHAVIOR, MISTAKES RIGHT AND LEFT, ETC. THE LIST GOES ON. WHAT IS HONESTLY WRONG WITH THESE PEOPLE? THEY ARE RUINING MY LIFE AND OBVIOUSLY MANY OTHERS. AND I AM STUCK WITH THEM FOR AT LEAST ANOTHER 6 MONTHS IF NOT LONGER DEPENDING ON WHAT WE CAN AFFORD (NOT THAT THEY ARE CHEAP EITHER). AND I WILL STILL BE IN TONS OF DEBT TO THEM AND NOTHING TO SHOW FOR IT. IF I WASN'T SICK BEFORE I AM NOW BECAUSE OF THEM! WE ALL NEED TO GET TOGETHER AND FIND A WAY TO PUT THOSE QUACKS OUT OF BUSINESS! AND YES I'M YELLING, BECAUSE I AM BEYOND ENRAGED WITH THEM!