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August 06, 2006


Gena M McBroom

In response to the article "Medicine In the Good Ole Days" I too, had a similiar experience that your Dad was talking about. I had worked for a company 10yrs with Fibromyalgia. I did overtime work against my doctors orders. Yes, the company was well aware of my condition & in the "ole days" before the merger, I was allowed to work in ways that helped my condition which in turn allowed me to do the overtime work. But once the merger was completed, after working the overtime, training my new co-workers, acting supervisior, I finally had to go on disability. This meant I would apply for my social security benefits & yes, my company offered me long term disability,which my company being an insurance company, is self-insured. Now in order to qualify for long term disability, I had to go thru the 6mos of short term disability. In the meantime I was approved for ssn benefits & once applied for long term from my company, I was eventually denied for long term disability that my company is the actual provider, as they are self insured. Are you getting the picture now? The Physician's Assistant that worked for my doctor told me that the lawyers for my employer came into the doctor's office, & told my doctor that they did not want to pay for long term coverage & advised the doctors what & what not to do for me because my company also was self insured not only with the long term but my personal health medical coverage. After 5yrs of fighting in court & after they lost the original & appeal, my former employer aka long term coverage had to finally pay back pay + interest & monthly payments until I reach 65yrs old.

So yes I understand & agree 110% with your Dad. The Medical field is not what it use to be. Also if you go in for a visit for one thing & test show another, some will not mention what was found. This is per instructions of the insurance company. One other thing, I use to get trigger point injections at least in 10 different areas. My self insured employer stopped & would only give me 1 shot at a time. Fibromyalgia has at least 18 trigger points that needs to reduce the pain & inflamation. Oh, just one other thing I would like to mention, the doctor would not give me or my lawyer copies of my file, even when we sent him $250 for making copies. I had a larger file. What can one do when this happens. It's always the patients word against the doctor's. He even told me that all he has to do is mark his file, copies sent.

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