Death Panels already here?
Kaiser-Permanente Death Edict for
Senior Medicare Cancer Sufferer
Tactics Used to Deny Curative Surgery to Vulnerable Senior Medicare
Patient by Kaiser Doctors and For-Profit Parent Corporation
Denial of Diagnostic Tests: Too Old!
Denial of diagnostic tests for symptoms requiring such tests under universally accepted medical practices. For the better part of a year this was due to incompetence of two primary care physicians. The third primary care physician was competent but stated that these diagnostic tests were not given to people of his age. (Unlike other type of health plans, Kaiser physicians are stockholders in the parent for-profit Kaiser Permanente corporation and their profits increase if the costs are kept low.
Force to Seek Diagnostic Test From Physician Outside of Kaiser Permanente
Forced to obtain diagnostic tests from out-of-Kaiser physician. Senior member of Kaiser Permanente senior advantage Medicare program then goes to an out-of-plan physician, explaining his symptoms. That doctor orders a PT scan which shows cancer in the right kidney, with possible involvement of a kidney lymph node. Such a diagnosis calls for prompt surgical removal of the kidney and lymph node to prevent cancer escaping and spreading throughout the body.
Discovery of Kidney Cancer Spreading to Lymph Node
Kaiser physicians are given the 7-page CT report and scan CD on May 12, 2011. Indifference, and not the slightest sign of urgency required of that discovery. Kaiser physicians respond:
Kaiser Permanente Indifference
First, indifference, despite the imminent spread of the cancer from the suspected lymph node involvement.
Costly surgery avoidance on the following bogus claims: