|I have never heard of such of thing, it is infuriating.|
He was in the ER for several hours before anyone bothered to see him. There was 3 patients total, including him. I don't know what the other two were in for, but my dad was screaming. The doctor and nurses were ignoring him. My dad actually gave my mother his last words and gave messages for the rest of the family. He really thought he was about to die.
Eventually, there was a shift change and a new doctor came in. She went straight to him, and said "Well, first, lets get you on morphine for the pain so you can talk to me. Then we're running the following tests..." She pushed him through the tests, made sure everyone paid attention to him, and quickly discovered MULTIPLE blood clots in BOTH his lungs. He was immediately given blood thinners.
Honestly, he could have died there if there wasn't a shift change.
Oh, and this all wouldn't have happened if his surgery doctors had bothered to notice that he was on blood thinners or bothered to test for WHY his blood was thick (turns out that it's a genentic defect). In all likelihood, they didn't because the insurance company wouldn't let them. I still think they're at fault since they took an oath to help people and they know that the insurance company is not going to do the right thing, but it's partly the insurance companies fault for putting them in the position.
And to top it off, our insurance company has decided that they don't want to pay for it. Our health care system is SERIOUSLY messed up. And yes, if the insurance company holds their line, we're going to sue and tie up government money in more lawsuits. I'm all for privatization, but I think the government really needs to step up in health care.