Health Care Reform: The Chronically Ill

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Part three of our week-long series of round tables brings to the discussion a group likely too-familiar with the health care system: people with long-term illnesses. Robert Groth, of Oconomowoc, Wisconsin, has multiple sclerosis. Sid Whigham of Lincoln, Nebraska, had one of his legs amputated due to complications from diabetes and a blood clot; he has also been battling blood cancer for the last two years.

Click here to access the other round tables in this series

Guests:

Robert Groth and Sid Whigham

Hosted by:

Femi Oke

Contributors:

Jen Poyant

Comments [2]

Sydney from LINCOLN NE

SIDNEY WHIGHAM IS MY GRANDPA AND HE IS AMAZZINGG

Mar. 17 2010 08:43 AM
Sarah Bennington

For people with autoimmune diseases on Medicare, Plan D and the doughnut hole are disastrous.

People with these types of diseases have to pay the doughnut hole at the beginning of January. This means coming up with $5000. in one payment. This is caused by the fact that the injections for these diseases, whether MS or complicated Rheumatoid Arthritis cost in the range of $1800.00 a month.

Once in the catastrophic level, my out-of pocket health costs still run over $11,000 a year. Last year, they exceeded my income.

In the last quarter of last year, Medicare paid $33,000 for my prescriptions. We need cost controls.

I, not only have one auto-immune disease, I have two, and I have renal disease, chronic anemia, and a macular hole. Try paying for all of that!

Aug. 27 2009 09:48 AM

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