Greed and Insurance

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Non-Fiction  |  House: Booksie Classic
The point of this essay is not unique, I know it has happened in a similar but differing way to many others...

Submitted: June 06, 2019

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I was given a Type-One Diabetic, my second son being diagnosed with the disability at the age of seven. He must have four injections of insulin daily after checking his blood sugar number, using another needle to draw blood for testing by personal monitor.

Back then, we were given a small glass vile of insulin ( which needs to be refridgerated or it will go bad) and seperate syringes. The process of injection, something I administered until he was old enough to do it himself,  was cumbersom. At times the delicate needle tip would bend when inserted into the vile, rendering it useless and it would have to be tossed. 

My son, who is now twenty-three, has been using a newer method of injection which was recommended by his wonderful doctor of five years, a diabetic specialist.

'Pens' as they are called, are basically needle and insulin in one. With them the injection is mostly flawless. The insulin contained in the pen is less subject to spoilage because they are insulated. They are more portable and very practical. Using them has made managing his diabetes much easier.

He's a full time college student and he works part time as a writer for a local video publication. Having the pens has helped with the stress of a very full schedual. Stress does affect blood sugar levels.

As of now, he's recieved notification that his insurance will no longer cover the pens. The reason given by these people is there is no clinical proof that the pens do a better job when it comes to managing his condition than the syringe and vile.

They are telling him to return to a less effective method, something which his doctor has to appeal directly to them on my sons behalf, much as it would be in a court of law.

I've been to emergency and the ICU twice with him during his childhood. Both times he'd contracted a virus at school causing him to quickly spiral downward. Type- ones are not as physically able to fight off infection.

He has done better with the pens, and he and I both believe that the action being taken by his insurance company is motivated by pure greed. The pens are expensive, and without insurance coverage he'd be paying over a thousdand dollars a month for what is needed.

Now we wait to see if he can continue to afford and keep what has helped him to stay healthy and in control of his life.


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