I’m an Insurance Agent and My Insurance Almost Killed Me
The results came back as acute appendicitis and the doctor told me to immediately report to the emergency room before it burst. I still had no pain. This reminded me of the amount of women that die of heart attack each year because they don’t present the common symptoms that men present. Maybe their jaw hurts, but not their chest or arm. So they ignore it and don’t go to the ER.
The surgeon told me I was lucky my appendix hadn’t burst. That would have been a week or more in the hospital, on the insurance company’s dime.
Why it took 3 weeks to get approved for the scan doesn’t matter. It’s common. Insurance isn’t efficient. Their systems are overworked and people make errors. Maybe my doctor’s office forgot to process the request, that happens too.
I’m fine. The total surgery cost me $800 due to my wonderful insurance but insurance delays could have caused me to have a very different outcome.
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Sylvia Gordon and her sister, Rebecca, run Gordon Marketing, one of the nation’s largest Medicare FMO/NMA offices. They have a team of over 100 that train and support independent insurance agents in all 50 states. You can find Sylvia’s weekly posts on LinkedIn and the sisters' Youtube channel posts 2 training videos each week. Contact Sylvia at email@example.com or 800-388-8342.