As someone once said (me): “Having health insurance is not the same as getting healthcare.”
‘They had no idea if my insurance was active or not!’: Obamacare confusion reigns as frustrated patients walk out of hospitals without treatment.
MailOnline spoke with patients who were told they would have to pay their bills in full if they couldn’t prove they had insurance.
One was faced with a $3,000 hospital room charge and opted to leave the hospital after experiencing chest pains. ‘Should I be in the hospital? Probably,’ she said.
Another, coughing in the cold, walked out without receiving a needed chest x-ray
Consumers face sticker-shock from medical costs under the new Obamacare system, made worse if they can’t prove they’re insured.
As many as one-third of new enrollees’ applications have seen problems when the government transmits them to insurance companies.
But early problems with the federal HealthCare.gov website led many people to wait until last week to sign up, and insurers are still processing enrollment forms.
Paperwork problems almost delayed suburban Chicago resident Sheri Zajcew’s scheduled surgery Thursday, but Dr. John Venetos decided to operate without a routine go-ahead from the insurance company.
That was after Venetos’ office manager spent two hours on hold with the insurer Thursday, trying to get an answer about whether the patient needed prior authorization for the surgery. The office manager finally gave up.
“I’m not a happy camper,” said Nate Zajcew, the patient’s husband. The couple signed up for a Blue Cross Blue Shield bronze plan through the federal HealthCare.gov site on Dec. 16.