STOP PATIENT DUMPING
STOP PATIENT DUMPING
There is a huge problem in this country with patient dumping. Healthcare providers are dumping patients and slandering them to other providers and have been doing it for decades, and no one is speaking out or doing anything to stop this unethical, unprofessional practice, which hurts all patients, especially the millions of patients like myself who are on Permanent & Total Social Security Disability and low-income, thereby qualifying as dual-eligibles for both Medicare as primary, and Medicaid as secondary (and some like myself who are SLMB, not QMB, must meet Medicaid spend-downs, which I always meet.)
I suffer from a plethora of medical conditions, one of which is severe allergies, and a Seattle ENT/Allergist's office, NW ENT/NW Face and Body, with whom I have been an ENT and Allergy patient for over a year, just dumped me as a patient, recently falsely accusing me of owing them $2.47, which I don't owe them, as I never have balances because I'm on both Medicare and Medicaid. As a result, I have been without allergy shots for two months and have suffered tremendously because of this injustice.
Both State and Federal agencies completely ignore my communications, which in and of itself, is unconscionable and is a perfect example of governmental indifference to the healthcare of Disabled Americans.
And in 2011, a similar incident happened, when I was discharged as a patient from Minor & James (affiliated with Swedish Medical) in Seattlein retaliation for filing complaints (which nothing came of anyway nor ever does), but they didn't stop there, as they slandered me to other providers who refused to accept me as a patient, causing me to go without IvIg infusion for two years until I finally found a provider to order my infusion.
This is absolutely unconscionable. The bottom line is that providers who accept Medicare and/or Medicaid patients should be prohibited from discharging, suspending, slandering, or otherwise acting in any manner whatsoever that prevents a Medicare and/or Medicaid patient from receiving healthcare. This injustice should greatly disturb all Americans as it happens in every state in the union.
Elected officials must stop accepting political contributions from the AMA, super pacs, and corporate healthcare providers, which only serve as bribes to have laws passed protecting corporate healthcare providers rather than patients.
Any provider or facility that accepts Federal and/or State monies from Medicare and/or Medicaid should be prohibited from harming patients in this or any other manner. Please inundate your Federal representatives, President Obama, CMS (Center for Medicare & Medicaid), HHS (not that it does any good, as Kathleen Sebelius should be FIRED), and the US DOJ (not that THAT does any good either, as Eric Holder is a corrupt horse's ass).