Day 32 of officially being on the donor waiting list for the bone and cartilage transplant of my knee. C'mon, the next Kobe Bryant has got to expire soon! God rest his soul.
Insurance update: How exciting, my wonderful insurance company, I won't name any names, Anthem Blue Cross, has decided they don't want to pay for the surgery.
Here's how the process has gone: The insurance company denies. Tons of red tape, paperwork, letters to the California State Board of Insurance, an independent medical review by three orthopaedic surgeons deciding whether or not the insurance company denial should be upheld. Two out of the three say NO GO.
1. My advanced age of 52 (age discrimination is illegal)
2. They consider the graft experimental (it's not as it has an insurance code)
Bottom line: They will be happy to pay for a healthy, high functioning, high level athlete who has taken amazing care of her body all of her life to have a knee replacement which includes screws, bolts, metal and drilling instead of the graft which will prevent a knee replacement. Why? Gee, could it be because it actually might work?
I give my surgeon, Dr. William Bugbee, a lot of credit for forging the way and being a leader in his field. He's actually trying to help patients have a better quality of life without turning them into living breathing Frankensteins complete with metal bolts protruding out of the sides of their necks. What a concept.
By the way, for those interested in how much the "rich doctors" make: the surgeons portion of this expensive surgery is only $2,500
So folks, here's my plan: Next lifetime, I am going to come back as a high priced Beverly Hills plastic surgeon. Here are the benefits:
• No fooling around with pesky insurance companies
• My average fee for a boob job, face lift, tummy tuck, eyelid surgery will be around 15K
• I will have patients lined up at my door, begging for me to work on them
• I accept cash, 90 days same as cash and all major credit cards, including American Excess!!!
You can't beat that with a stick.