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A decision that made her sick, again
A decision that made her sick, again
Sue Dwyer, 67, Geneva, N.Y.

"Insurers are making decisions about MY health that only my doctor should be making. "

"I am covered by a health plan for retired state workers and Medicare as well. This plan is administered by UnitedHealthcare. For a long time I had taken a medicine for managing gastroesophageal reflux disease, GERD. A few months ago, UnitedHealthcare decided that several drugs would no longer be covered under their prescription [drug] plan. One was Prevacid."

"That drug had worked well for me for the past 6 years.The insurance company said there would be no appeals for Prevacid. In the scramble to find another drug, I have taken two drugs now that just do not do the job."

"Why must I now become a person who is back to a situation that has been so well controlled by Prevacid?My doctor is trying different drugs but Prevacid is the one that helped me. My co-pay for Prevacid was $30. I can't afford this on my own. It will cost $600 for a 30-day supply."

"Why is an insurance company allowed to dictate my treatment? Insurance companies have taken control away from the doctors - the only people qualified to make medical decisions."

NEXT: Starting a business to pay for coverage

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