Via a tip sent to me by email…
Just another reason why we need universal healthcare: Insurers shun those taking certain meds.
Trying to buy health insurance on your own and have gallstones? You’ll automatically be denied coverage. Rheumatoid arthritis? Automatic denial. Severe acne? Probably denied. Do you take metformin, a popular drug for diabetes? Denied. Use the anti-clotting drug Plavix or Seroquel, prescribed for anti-psychotic or sleep problems? Forget about it.
It is critical we keep the pressure on Congress and the Obama administration to put through a good healthcare bill that will stop this practice:
”This is absolutely the standard way of doing business,” said Santiago Leon, a health insurance broker in Miami. Being denied for preexisting conditions is well known, but when a person sees the usually confidential list of automatic denials for himself, “that’s a eureka moment. That shows you how harsh the system is.”
Harsh is not even the word to describe it. Violation of privacy comes to mind as well.