Wednesday, September 26, 2012

The waiting is the hardest part

One of the things that's most frustrating to me is about our Medicaid system is the constant waiting. For example; we'd been using a product on Cassie's back that we weren't thrilled with the results. It seems to be pulling at the skin and creating more blisters. After the Patient Care Conference, we were given some samples of a different product that works great and would suit her needs. It doesn't pull on the skin the way the other one does. So we have the doctor write a prescription that gets sent to Medicaid, and we wait for them to approve it. And we wait. And wait. Sometimes 6-8 weeks. In the meantime, we don't have this other, superior product, and Cassie has to deal with new, painful blisters every day from the old product. And it's like this for every change we make in our wound care routine. Every new product, or every time we need to increase the amount above the approved limit due to increased blistering, infection, etc. It makes me crazy. If it was their child, or their skin, I don't think the paper pushers would want to wait 6-8 weeks for relief.