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January 17, 2014

In Your Opinion: Health insurers care only about profits

As a high school senior and someone who has had many health problems my whole life, I have come to realize that insurance companies make you take many unnecessary steps and wait for long periods of time in between testing. I feel that the underlining reason behind this is to make more money.

It is understandable to wait for a little while in between certain testing, but insurance companies are making people wait for long periods of time in between any test. In my experience, there were many times that they argued with my doctors about what test I needed and when it should be done. Furthermore, the health insurance was controlling what medications my doctors would prescribe me; because the insurance said that I didn’t need it. 

Before I could have almost any testing done my doctors had to justify it to my health insurance, which was a lengthy process. Most of the time my health insurance would tell my doctors that I had to wait another month before I had that test done and then if I was to do another test after that, then I would have to wait at least one month in between them. Thankfully, I was diagnosed after all the hoops the insurance company made me go through. 

Other people I spoke to also said that their insurance companies had made them wait a month in between having an endoscopy and a colonoscopy; these test are typically done at the same time. Other people told me how they had to plead with their insurance companies in order to have testing or a surgery done that could play a big part in saving their lives. Overall, insurance companies are just out for the money and not for the well-being of others.

Sierra Jones


Jones is a senior at Franklin Central School and is writing this letter for Stephen DeCarlo’s social studies class.




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