Friday, November 13, 2009

How the system is supposed to work

Here's a story that's close to home. This is an example of how medicine and prosthetics should work. When you watch the video, you'll see my surgeon and my prosthetist because this surgery was done right here by the same professionals that helped me after my accident.

You can witness the level of dedication and compassion to provide what's best for this young man who loses his arm to cancer. However, he lives in Missouri, a state where prosthetic parity is the law. Discriminating against amputees is illegal here so he will get the prosthesis prescribed by his physician and demonstrated in this video by his prosthetist.

If he were a Kansas resident, his prosthesis most likely would not be covered. If his parents worked for the state, it most certainly would NOT be covered. In Kansas, this would be considered "deluxe, a luxury item that provides comfort and convenience to the amputee and is thereby a non-covered item." In KS, he would get a hook and a socket, a throwback to World War II.

Toto, we're not in Kansas anymore... (thank God!)