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Father-In Law dying due to lack of action by HMO

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tman90

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Someone please advise. My father in law was diagnosed with cancer in early Jan this year. At that time it was determined the cancer was operable and he stood a good chance of getting it all removed. Since then the HMO has dragged their feet getting referrals and in some instances they haven't provided the specialist with test results. Do we have any recourse aginst the HMO or is this another case of the big guy wins??
 


I AM ALWAYS LIABLE

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<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Arial, Helvetica, Verdana">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by tman90:
Someone please advise. My father in law was diagnosed with cancer in early Jan this year. At that time it was determined the cancer was operable and he stood a good chance of getting it all removed. Since then the HMO has dragged their feet getting referrals and in some instances they haven't provided the specialist with test results. Do we have any recourse aginst the HMO or is this another case of the big guy wins??<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

My response:

Did you ever see "Terms of Endearment" with Shirley McLain?

If you did, you'll remember one of the most memorable scenes in the movie, which goes a little something like this:

(Daughter is dying of Cancer, and is in pain. It's past the appointed time for the daughter's medication)

McLain (at nurses desk): "It's time for my daughter's pain medication."

Nurse (nonchallantly, still looking at a patient chart): "We'll get to her in a moment."

McLain: (a little more insistent) "But it's past the time for her pain pills."

Nurse: (non-plussed by mother's plea) "I'll be right with her."

McLain: (now screaming at the nurse) "It's time for her pain pills - - give her the damn pain pills !!! Give her the pills !!!"

What's the moral here?

That's right. Do a little screaming. The squeeky wheel gets the grease.

IAAL


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