KIRKLAND, Wash., Sept. 18 The U.S. healthcare system isfocused on controlling costs by denying care. This industry-wide posturecauses everything from financial ruin to death. And yet the medical care thatcost $1 million dollars in 1970 would cost at least $16 million today.
Recent cancer survivor Laurie Todd has come to the rescue of patientsnationwide. With her new book "Fight Your Health Insurer and Win: Secrets ofthe Insurance Warrior," Todd shows ordinary people how to get insurers to paytheir fair share.
Diagnosed in 2005 with appendix cancer, Todd was told by her doctors thatpost-operative treatment wasn't necessary, and that her condition wasmanageable. Todd's research suggested otherwise. The 57-year-old Washingtonnative discovered a proven but expensive combination of surgery andchemotherapy, but was told by her oncologist, "There is no treatment for yourdisease. And, even if there were, they wouldn't pay for it."
Ms. Todd worked tirelessly to appeal her insurer's decision. First, sheconsulted with the world's expert on appendix cancer. She then spent twomonths building her case - studying insurance law, gathering proof, andanalyzing lawsuits against health insurers. Todd succeeded in getting herinsurer to fully cover her lifesaving treatment, which totaled $345,000. Hershare? Nine dollars.
Throughout 2006 Todd helped dozens of people, pro bono, to overturndenials of care - never losing a case ... many insurers, many conditions, allover the country. Seeking to spread the gospel further, Todd secured thebacking of a major cancer research foundation to publish "Fight Your HealthInsurer and Win."
Todd offers a 10-step plan for finding the best treatment, then bringingyour insurer onboard. Her tips include:
"Fight Your Health Insurer and Win" is "highly recommended, and anabsolute 'must-have' for anyone who has paid their health insurance dues,"says Midwest Book Review(http://www.midwestbookreview.com/rbw/jul_07.htm#bethany).
Ms. Todd is available for speaking engagements.Her book is available at: http://www.theinsurancewarrior.com
This release was issued through eReleases(TM). For more information,visit http://www.ereleases.com.-- Push the insurer to deny your treatment in writing -- Address your appeal to the right decision-maker, with copies to other important people who will check on him -- Disqualify all unqualified insurance doctors -- Supply precedent -- Conclude with the cost comparison
SOURCE Laurie Todd