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Saturday, December 22, 2007

Health Care: Nataline Sarkisyan

More details are coming out about CIGNA, the company that insured teenaged cancer survivor Nataline Sarkisyan.

For background on Sarkisyan, go here.

Her family has hired attorney Mark Geragos to represent them in their suit against CIGNA for her wrongful death. Geragos plans to refer the case to the prosecutor for criminal charges for either murder or manslaughter. He alleges that the reason the insurance company waited so long and then changed their mind was that they were reasonably certain that by the time they changed their mind and approved the transplant, the girl was too close to death to receive the transplant.

ABC has the details.

If you're still furious about the unnecessary death of teenaged cancer survivor Nataline Sarkisyan, you might want to read this post which includes a very interesting letter from a surgeon. He's absolutely right. Certain members of this household were required to submit to insurance company "experts" to determine whether their injuries were as bad as they claimed. The so-called "experts" had shoddy little offices in which they did not practice medicine (at least two of them looked as if the last time they practised medicine was over a decade ago; the third spent his time flirting with his receptionist and giving us a very cursory and extremely rough examination, which he then had the gall to lie about in his report). Their sole income appeared to derive from "examining" patients who required procedures for which the insurance company did not want to pay.

I'm sick of the health care system that would deliberately kill someone's child. But there are probably millions of us out there who at one time or another have been screwed over by these companies which reward their shareholders with big profits and pay their CEOs more than any other industry. Think of that. The bloated salaries of most CEOs in other fields are significantly smaller than the bloated salaries of CEOs in the "health care" industry.

They're killing us. It's time to fight back.

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