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Re: it's a heart-breaking situation.... twinleaf

Posted by Racer on May 11, 2008, at 16:02:10

In reply to Re: it's a heart-breaking situation.... Racer, posted by twinleaf on May 11, 2008, at 15:32:26

> How long do people usually stay there? (just curious)

I have no idea. I think the cynical answer is -- "As long as insurance pays, or their money holds out." I have no idea how expensive it is, but do know that it's expensive. They have special rates for once your insurance runs out, but that would still mean more than we could swing. My insurance covers a maximum of 30 days inpatient, and considers this inpatient. (It's not -- it's a lower level of care than that, but for insurance purposes it's the same.)

I'm assuming that, if my insurance goes by more than a magic number on a scale, I'll be there two to three weeks. If they go by the scale, though -- well, probably less than a week, which would be a terrible thing. The insurance is the worst part -- the center can't even call for authorization until they've seen me in person, so if my psychiatrist and/or therapist can't or won't get the authorization before I leave, I might get there and find out I'm not covered.

Honestly -- in my case, this isn't exactly a matter of life and death, more about quality of life. In so many cases, though, it is -- and this sort of excrement is hardly helpful. I do feel righteously indignant about that. Remember that story at the next election, right?

I'm frightened, and I'm still waffling, but I'm moving forward on it. Thanks for your encouragement.




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