Archives for: November 2005, 04
When you read the title of today's blog, perhaps you thought it would be about scripture. But you would be wrong.
Perhaps you thought it would be about the Supreme Court vacancy and whether a woman has the right to choose to kill her unborn baby. Nope, wrong again.
I have just spent an hour and a half on the phone and the internet, only to find that my body belongs to my doctor.
We have medical insurance, but the deductible is very high. I had never met the deductible except in the two years that I delivered babies. But this year, because of the colonoscopy mishap and the resulting day in the hospital, I'm over the deductible. So I began to think, is there anything medical that I have been putting off? If so, I need to get it done between now and the end of the year.
The only thing that came to mind is a secretor test. My doctor does not advocate the Blood Type Diet, but he readily admits that it has helped me. If I ask, I think he will order the Lewis Blood Type test.
I wanted to know the cost, so I called the two labs that my doctor uses. Neither of them wanted to give me any information. I was told that I had to get a procedure code from my doctor.
I went on the internet to try and find the procedure code. It took a long time to locate the test. It is not listed as Lewis, but rather it is one of many tests under the umbrella of Red Blood Cell Antigen Typing. I must specify which antigen I want to test for. I called back and they still couldn't give me a price without knowing my doctor's account number.
Let's pretend, I said, that I'm just going to pay for this without insurance. Reluctantly they quoted a price. At one lab it was $51 and at the other it was $60. If my doctor authorizes the test, insurance will pick up more than half of the cost. That sounds like a good deal to me.
What is not a good deal is that I have no standing as a patient. Only my doctor can authorize what tests to do, and the results will only be sent to my doctor. There is no pretense of my being responsible for my own health. According to the lab and the hospital, I belong to the doctor.
But they do not have the last word. I do not belong to the doctor. Neither am I my own.
1 Corinthians 6:19-20 Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body.