Better Care for Breast Cancer Patients

I told you I’d be posting more.

A new bill is just beginning its process on Capitol Hill. It’s designed to require insurance companies to pay for longer hospital stays and better care for breast cancer patients, especially those requiring surgery. The legislation would require a 48-hour minimum stay, to be paid for by insurance. Currently no insurance company will pay for that length of stay, leading to some pretty awful things:

…men and women (it is mostly women, but men can have breast cancer too) are often forced to go home just a few hours after surgery, against the wishes of their doctors, still groggy from anesthesia and sometimes with drainage tubes still attached. This is just wrong and it is something that can be fixed.

It’s also something that, in my opinion, should be fixed. Take a look at DBK’s post for some ways that you can get involved. You might also contact your representative and ask them to sign on as a co-sponsor.