Wednesday, January 02, 2008
BLOGSCAN - The Case of the Liver Transplant that Wasn't
On the Health Beat blog, Maggie Mahar dissected the complex and unfortunate case of a teenager who died shortly after her family's health care insurer rejected paying for a proposed liver transplant in desperate circumstances. Ms Maher brought up a host of issues and questions that did not surface in discussion in the main stream media. The one I thought was most relevant to Health Care Renewal: given how sick this patient was, if the physicians and hospital administrators involved thought a transplant was so urgently needed, why weren't they willing to go ahead with the procedure in the absence of a $75,000 down-payment by the patient's family?