I'm madder'n a wet settin' hen - Health Care HISSY ALERT!Submitted by SC Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ on Fri, 07/15/2011 - 10:43
I am sooooo ill-tailed, I've just been sitting and spinning for almost 2 hours. I'm unsure of what to do with myself so I thought I'd pound it out here.
My husband's annual health care re-enrollment was due today. You would not believe the hoops I just jumped through to "re-qualify" to re-enroll for insurance I've had for years. Being as how I live by the creed "Freedom is not doing everything you want to, freedom is not having to do what you don't want to do", I feel I just allowed myself to be "question-raped". I feel like a biblical "renting of my clothes" coming on. :(
First there was an authorization form that MUST be signed in order to receive "group insurance discount". The form gave consent to collect info, trade info and formed a liability for the policy owner to participate in health programs/classes run by the insurance bureaucrat (not the doctor). I struck the line agreeing I would participate in a diabetes management program, initialed it and wrote "This is what I have a doctor for, no thanks".
The form directed the signer to go on-line and sign up with them. First, I'm thinking "what if someone does not have the internets?" How can they "make you" sign up electronically? (I see this a lot with the schools system expecting everyone's papers to be Word and projects to be PowerPoint with threat of poor grade/refusal if not...)
In the past 3 months, I've been informed by my state run local hospital (as a side-note, also my local bank records) that myself and my husbands medical records were hacked so (they say) now I "need" some crap like "LifeLock" identity protection and they'll pay for it if I just "give consent". [I have NO debt so I have no need to protect my non-existent "credit".] This is a huge scam to get everyone totally (more) tied to "credit score" and create a false need for a new "insurance". I don't know which is worse, the hack or the idea there was no hack but a smooth conversion to becoming a scanable, databased member of "the Beast". So, to say, in light of recent threats to my "identity", I'm extra-wary of signing up with a lot of pertinent info on the internet.
Nevertheless I gave it all up. It was a requirement of my obtaining continued health care (and I just found out within 6 months I have diabetes, so NOW of all times, I need it). You would not believe the intrusiveness of the "questionnaire" so I'll list in shortened form, what was asked:
Waist size !!!!
Smoke? How many?
Alcohol? How much?
Ride w/drunk driver this week? !!!!?!
How many miles driven this week?
How close to speed limit?
What type car?
Seat belt worn?
Servings of high fiber food per day?
Servings of high cholesterol food per day?
Floss your teeth? How often?
Wear SPF15? How often?
30 minutes heavy exertion how many times per week?
30 minutes light exertion how many times per week?
How strong are social ties?
Describe overall health
Quality of sleep
Refreshed upon rising?
Any personal loss this year? (Job loss, divorce, death, jail term)
Tense, depressed, anxious?
Any stress affects over the year?
How much work missed?
List of problems/diseases (past, present) check all that apply
Colon cancer screen?
How many times visited doctor in past year?
How many times visited ER in past year?
First menstrual period
Age at first childbirth
Marital status, race, highest level of education
Personal changes planned for upcoming 6 months: increase physical activity? lose weight? reduce alcohol use? quit or cut down on smoking? reduce fat? lower blood pressure
My first question is: Don't they have all this info on me already? This questionnaire seems to by-pass HIPPA (HIPPA was already a trick too). Can this be any more outright "medically tyrannical"?
My next question is: Don't I have insurance so I can afford a doctor to handle all of the above without a bureaucrat's take? I object to "having" to deal with the persistent and insistent phone calls/e-mails/letters of "jump through our hoops" requests that will come out of "them" "having control of me".
MY HEAD IS ABOUT TO EXPLODE: I feel like calling the benefits department at my husband's work and saying "I'd like to report a rape"....but I consented so I'm disgusted with myself!!! >:(
The HORROR of healthcare is coming!!!