I just returned from a trip to Lakewood Colo. to visit a niece who is seriously ill.
She has Kaiser Permanente health ins.....and no primary care doctor. It seems they dont have enough Dr.'s to provide Dr.'s for their patients. She sometimes is lucky enough to get a telephone call returned by one. That is her doctor's "visit".
Her medical care since having Kaiser through her employer has primarily been through ER visits. One ER referred her to a Kaiser Ear/Nose/Throat specialist months ago where she was given a wrong diagnosis. Her condition continued to worsen....and no dr.'s were available at Kaiser to follow or observe the worsening condition.
Finally, after nearly 6 months, an ER physician had her seen by a neurologist. An MRI was taken showing severe compression of nerves...the cause of her daily falls, weight loss, pain, and spreading numbness in all of her limbs..The Kaiser ENT specialist and records continue to maintain it's an unidentified ear infection that should have gone away on its own...many months ago.
MRI results were sent to Kaiser neurosurgeons....with no replies.
After losing her job, she lost her insurance. I commend her employer for keeping her on the payroll for months...and paying the ins. premiums. They no longer can do that. It's a small business. Her insurance will now expire before she can get the proper diagnosis addressed. Months of delays because no Dr.'s were available in the Kaiser system. to follow the worsening results of treatment.
She'll be in a wheel, chair, finally qualify for Medicaid after getting Soc. Security Disability, and be treated. Some damage will remain.
My advice. If you live in Lakewood Colo., don't sign up for Kaiser. After your intake physical...you're on your own even if you send them your monthly premiums
The supposedly best health care system in the world...STINKS and Kaiser sells what it can't provide.
Not much different than another health care system I'm familiar with who pays their Dr.s bonuses not to test. A friend died of FIVE treatable diseases that were never uncovered until it was too late. They were uncovered when he was placed in a state-run health care system...MediCal in Calif.
ObamaCare is a sham that doesn't really address any of the core problems, isn't it?.
As for Kaiser, I'd like to see their corporate charter shredded and the firm disolved. Just like the rest of our health care system, it's a sham and a scam. A scam that can not only take your money, but also your life..
If you have medicare, and have Kaiser....you can switch to another provider (who may not be much better) in November.
Retired Monk - "Ideology is a disease"