Children requiring specialty care are being denied necessary treatment at Seattle Children’s Hospital due to strict regulations imposed by Obamacare.
Administrators at Seattle Children’s Hospital said they foresaw this happening and say it’s even worse than their already bleak prediction.
The hospital filed requests on behalf of 125 patients. They only received 20 responses, 8 of which were denials.
Dr. Sandy Melzer from Seattle Children’s explained to KING-WA the unfortunate situation at the hospital: “Well, some of the patients who were denied are ones who would clearly fall into that unique category [of needing specialty care]: a two year old with a new, significant neck mass that was being evaluated for infection or malignancy, an older child with a chronic, severe medical condition requiring multidisciplinary care here, a baby that had a skull abnormality.”
Seattle Children’s treated those patients anyway, but Dr. Melzer said they cannot afford to keep treating patients without payment.