Tuesday 18 March 2014
7 years 6 months on …
The stories are happening at an alarming rate. World news that is, and with the benefit of modern technology, it all unfolds right in front of you in your living room.
One needs lots of time to follow it all. And I have lots of time. As the CBD progresses, I am spending more and more time at home. The TV and the internet has become my window on the world.
Its been civil war in Syria, the take-over of Crimea by Russia, the disappearance of the Malayan Boeing 777 and the Oscar Pistorius murder trial. Theories and more theories abound.
But another story for us is the ongoing fight with our medical aid. It’s not a unique fight.
Because of a change in Pera’s employment status, we have moved from one medical aid to another. Despite assurances that my medication would be covered, we have now for two months being fighting to get my Carbilev and my Lyrica tablets paid for by the medical aid. These meds are my life-savers and after seven years, we have got the dosage, timing and frequency down to a fine art. Now the new medical aid says NO, we won’t pay for those, you need to take generics.
We haven’t even got to the physio, bio, massaging, exercising etc etc yet!
The fact that degenerative brain diseases are not included as PMB’s (Prescribed minimum benefit illnesses) does not help at all.
So I put it to you, those of us with these illnesses are being discriminated against, and so we have another fight on our hands.
It’s easy dealing with CBD. It’s hard dealing with beaurocracy.