I watched Michael Moore’s film “SICKO” last night and cried for hours after watching it. I’m a 25-year-old girl with no health problems and yet I was so moved with compassion for all the people who have less than perfect health that I feel compelled to take a stand with them.
It’s devastating to see our country so corrupt and in shambles and to realize that the people and corporations with money and power will continue to fight hard to keep our system the way it is so they will benefit from it. I know my perspective alone is limited, but watch the movie, hear the stories, and listen to mine as well. After you do, make sure to tell your story and help change our healthcare system for the better.
For the past 6 months, I have been working at Meininger Family Chiropractic in Westborough, MA and have met tons of people, who, as a result of the structural correction chiropractic care they have received, are now living pain-free, pill-free (not only pain killers but also inhalers, allergy anti-histamines, migraine medicine and much more) and problem-free.
Chiropractic may not be for everyone, but for those it is for, most insurance companies, from Blue Cross/Blue Shield to Cigna to Medicare to Aetna and hundreds of others that I’ve personally had to call on behalf of our patients, won’t even come close to covering the necessary treatments to correct or prevent problems that their insured’s have.
Many insurance policies “say” they give unlimited chiropractic coverage, but when you read the fine print you realize “unlimited” is a buzz word that really means “as long as it’s considered a medical necessity” which they’ve determined for everybody no matter what the symptoms are to be only 12 to 24 visits a year, if that.
And that’s only covering them after the outrageous deductible.
That may fix a few headaches, but if your spine is misaligned, and has been for years (from a childhood injury, a car accident, or even from being yanked out by your head at birth) your body isn’t going to function and heal itself properly because the brain’s messages are getting interrupted by “kinks” in the spinal cord. Science has proven it takes way more than a 20 one-minute adjustments to correct the structure of your spine, but once it’s done, you’re healthier on so many levels.
Instead of paying for this type of care that will heal from the inside out, insurance companies would rather pay a small portion to reduce the symptom with pills. Pills that cause other health problems down the road and will end up requiring new pills to combat those symptoms, and so on.
My boss, Dr. Meininger, as a result of seeing his patients continually getting denied the coverage they thought they were paying for with their expensive premiums, continually gives major reductions in his fees to anyone who needs it. “Money isn’t the point when helping sick people, their health is,” he’s said many times. When was the last time your doctor or insurance company said that? But isn’t that the way it should be?
Like the stories in the movie “SICKO”, we all know people who have had a health crisis and ended up sicker, defeated emotionally, and in debt because they have had to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars on hospital bills, surgeries and pills that don’t even cure them.
I’m writing because I’ve met hundreds of regular people healed by spending a fraction of that on chiropractic care out of their own pockets. I see why insurance companies want to steer people away from these “evil” structural-correction chiropractors and other natural healers… healthy insured’s don’t need as much coverage and won’t be supporting the drug companies that make them so much money. It would be an unwise financial move to allow people to be cured quickly and cheaply.