Wednesday, April 24, 2013

I'm really frustrated today. I finally got to the point where I was again willing to try to find a psychiatrist to work with. I ended up with a list of 5 that are in-network providers for my insurance. Of those 5, two work at a university and don't accept patients directly, they would have to be referred by one of the psychiatry residents after at least 3 months of weekly treatment from a resident. Plus, they are more than 2 hours away from me. I can't drive 4 hours each week just to see a psychiatry resident in hopes they will refer me to the person I really want to see! Another 2 of the 5 won't accept any new patients with my insurance because they have had so many issues with my insurance not paying them for treatment provided to other patients. The other one is 3.5 hours away from me. I haven't called their office yet out because I'm afraid I will feel defeated if something prevents them from seeing me.

It is total cr@p that I can't get treatment because my insurance company messed with other providers. I was actually told that they had gotten authorization for services, but the company later refused to pay when they were billed for those services. WTF!?

I absolutely hate having a condition that no one understands! I wish I had some simple condition and could see basically anyone and get decent treatment!
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    This is exactly the kind of reasons why I haven't sought help from a shrink. Plus I've had friends in years past who DID take advantage of employer mental health plans, and after awhile of getting needed therapy, the family member who had the insurance plan at work ends up getting "laid off" or "RIF" or just out and out fired over some trumped up non-existent reason. It's basically nothing other than a form of discrimination, just because the employer no longer wanted to pay the deductible or whatever employer-provided share of the patient's health care costs (employee does have some of it taken out of their pay check, sure, but employer also has some costs involved in providing the insurance.) I finally did break down and call the local crisis center, but I still have to call them back today to find out when their group sessions are, or what actual costs are, etc. Ugh.
    1651 days ago
    wow...sounds complicated - isn't there a way of changing insurance companies that offer a broader variety of options for treatment for you? I do hope sincerely that all works out for you - remember, we may think we are alone, but there are so many other people out there going through the same thing, so in effect we're not alone. I wish you all the best.

    Good luck.

    1652 days ago
    So sorry to hear you are having such problems with your insurance and such. It sounds so frustrating! I hope it all works out for you. Stay strong!

    1671 days ago
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