Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Obama and Colonoscopy Both Full of Crap

Barack Obama, writing in a New York Times editorial "Why We Need Health Care Reform" , August 15, 2009, said,

... we will require insurance companies to cover routine checkups, preventive care and screening tests like mammograms and colonoscopies. There’s no reason that we shouldn’t be catching diseases like breast cancer and prostate cancer on the front end. It makes sense, it saves lives and it can also save money.
Obama implies the listed procedures are not covered by private health insurance with out any evidence whatsoever. And people actually are believing his baseless claim.

I don't know first hand about mammograms and breast cancer. I do, however, know about colonoscopies and prostate exams. I am 55 yrs old and my private insurance care physician did a prostate exam (cough) in his office exam room and the procedure was covered by my private insurance. I paid the $15 co-pay as required by the insurance plan. I also had blood work for cholesteral and diabetes all of which were ordered by my physician and paid by the insurance plan except the co-pays.

Doctor Dave then ordered a colonoscopy for me at a hospital out clinic. The initial consult with the butt doctor was also covered under the insurance plan. Again, I paid the $15 co-pay. When the colonoscopy was performed a month later, the insurance paid for the procedure and I paid the surgical co-pay of $500 as specified in the private insurance policy.

The results have all been given to me and I have discussed them with the attending and the primary care physicians. There is nothing wrong with my prostate, my cholesterol levels are well within normal despite my high fat and meat diet, there is no sign of diabetes, and the colon is free of abnormalities.

For me and millions of other privately and publicly insured patients, the preventative procedures performed on me and costing the health insurance company thousands were a total waste of time and absolutely a total waste of money. I already knew there was nothing to find. Even if there was, I am not going to do anything about the problem anyway. Whatever causes my death is going to happen; I'm not about to stop it.

My only real concern was why I was required to present photo ID for a colonscopy, but not to vote. Liberals have made most everything bass-ackwards.

The life of Indigo Red is full of adventure. Tune in next time for the Further Adventures of Indigo Red.


Anonymous said...

I recently had a colonoscopy also which was covered by insurance. Unfortunately I didn't have a photo of my colon to present. Don

Thinking for Myself said...

The actual procedure of a colonoscopy is strikingly similar to the procedures being enacted upon American citizens by Congress and the Obama administration. Unfortunately, the political colonoscopy is lasting much longer than did the medical version I experienced a couple years ago. I'm afraid the "recovery" time will take longer, too... if there ever IS a recovery from what DC is doing to us.

Indigo Rose said...

I undergo the yearly mammo (now more important that mom was treated for breast cancer), my cholesterol is finally under control(despite the fact of eating a low red meat, low fat diet, I've never been able to keep my #'s within reason... mainly because they keep changing "reasonable". Stress is a factor... I have stress, genetics play another part).
I've been lucky to have HMO with an opt out feature-- at this time it is paid at 80-20 (our share) after the $500/per person deductible.
With the health problems I have indured,and the checkups to keep my children healthy, it has been important to keep our insurance rates under control. Due to the lack of population where I live (unless you count state prison inmates who get whatever they need, whenever they want right up to parole date) our rates for insurance are higher than most of the state. We utilize our opt out feature to be treated in towns over 100 miles away, and in some cases, the next state over.
Our local hospital is trying to get doctors/specialists to spend a year or so here, but what are the incentives? They do their time and are gone.

Indigo Red said...

Doctors "do their time and are gone." Don't you just wish the inmates would do the same?

There are no incentives for mediacl personel to serve outlying communities beyond appeals to social obligations and humanity. Without the material and social status incentives of passed centuries, why would anyone spend so much time becoming a physician when many tradesmen are remunerated at higher levels for a much shorter work day? And a plumber/electrician/carpenter/heavy equipment operator doesn't need an eight yr degree and another 4 yrs as an intern.