I have been hearing this story all weekend. It's shocking!
In what is considered the richest nation in the world--the good ole US of A--Cigna health insurance company refuses to pay for a liver transplant for one of its insurers, in this case a 17-year-old-girl who has her whole life in front of her.
You gotta wonder how these insurance people sleep at night? It's all about corporate greed. To me, insurance is the biggest ripoff in the world. You pay, pay, pay, but when you need it--they flake out.
The article says that the U.S. ranks No. 37 in health care. You would think being the richest nation in the world we would rank better. It's not that we don't have a slew of well educated doctors, nurses and researchers -- it's that the health care system doesn't make the best care available to its citizens.
By the way, Cigna raked in $16.5 BILLION in revenues in 2006. Just think of how many life-and-death procedures they failed to provide for that didn't get the press that this one did.