When I had my surgery I had a bilateral mastectomy and bilateral oophorectomy (ovaries removed), not exactly quick surgery. The next morning the nurses were talking about discharge. I politely (ha ha) refused citing many facts not the least of which was that I was still on a morphine pump.
Now I learn that the House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee on Wednesday is scheduled to vote on a bill (HR 758) that would require health coverage providers to expand hospital-stay coverage for women undergoing breast cancer surgery, CQ HealthBeat reports.
This is good to see. There are only two problems. One, bill sponsor Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.) has called for extended hospital-stay coverage since 1996. Well that’s just plain sad.
Here’s my favorite news quote; Susan Pisano, a spokesperson for America’s Health Insurance Plans, said the group is “concerned about putting treatment guidelines in statute.” She added, “To the extent that you put a particular guideline in statute you freeze it there, and we think the approach that should be used is to look at what the science suggests is working well for women and what their particular preferences are.” Pisano noted that the group has not seen much evidence “to suggest that women aren’t being allowed to stay in the hospital for the amount of time being recommended.”
Now I don’t want to be crass but the day that you are removing a woman’s breasts, boobs, tits, tatas, whatever you would like to call them is a day that same woman should not have to worry about being thrown out of the hospital.
I wonder, if there were a testiculectomy or a penisectomy, do you think it would take 12 years to approve legislation? If this bothers you, call your Representative and let them know what you think.