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You pay $1,157 per month?? was posted 03/30/2012 03:38 pm by Anonymous
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That is high! What kind of plan do you have with highmark. I have a plan called CompleteCare which is no longer offered. This is a full benefits indemnity plan, no restrictions with a $500 deductible. The cheaper plan is $154 per month and that has a $5,000 deductible, but next to no restrictions as far as seeking medical care out of the region. The third insurance is for my father. This is his medicare supplement. All totaled it's about $1,000 per month.

The thing that concerns me now after going thru PC with my mom is I NEVER want to be geographically restricted. I full well realize that Pgh. and the behemoth known as UPMC are not the best for all medical care. They may think they are and their PR dept. may think that, but it's simply not true. Especially when it comes to PC. We chose to travel to MD Anderson and that was the best decision we could have made. I'm not saying our decision is the best for everyone, but it was for my mother and for the entire family. In Houston we had Dr. David Fogelman for her oncologist and a more amazing man I cannot imagine. He always gave hope and genuine caring. We never saw that in Pgh. If you ever want to know about Dave Fogelman just read some of Mark B's post when he writes about him. Everything he says is true.

I think I've rambled on a bit, so I hope that's ok. I certainly don't think all is bad at UPMC or even Highmark, but healthcare and navigating the system isn't easy and it's certainly not cheap. At least the $1,000 a month for me isn't cheap.

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