This week, Professor Joseph Fins wrote an article advocating for the rights of brain injury victims. The article entitled, Why advances in treating those with brain injuries require advances in respecting their rights is a worthwhile read.
Some important comments that need repeating:
[A]fter gratitude for a life that has been saved, the truly difficult part begins. Patients and families face a slow-paced and often fickle recovery. Tragically, this phase is often made more challenging by the burden of poorly designed insurance coverage.
Families struggle to get their loved ones needed rehabilitation. If they do get rehabilitation, it is often too short to make a difference. Indeed, if patients are too slow to demonstrate improvement, services can be cut off because of stringent “medical necessity” admission criteria, often from third-party insurers.
This cutoff makes no sense. if we don’t know how long it takes the injured brain to heal, how do we know the pace is too slow? In the end, the vast majority are placed in a nursing home or institution, which is euphemistically called “custodial care.”
It's time that insurance companies provide the care to brain injury victims that they deserve. Anything less is a violation of their rights.