Recently, a friend of ours was in a severe car crash. As in severe, I must say that they did not think that he would live. The doctors told his family to walk away and pull the plug. As many families, this family could not let go, and the majority of the family ruled that he should remained on the life support regardless.
It was a shock to hear that he did finally wake up from the comma, was able to manipulate his hand to make a rude gesture to the doctor. Yes, this man is still in there somewhere. I am saying this as; he lost a majority of his brain in the front seat of his car. His skull was crushed into many pieces. A miracle?
I had hoped for the miracle to be truthful, and my selfishness was what kept telling me the false hopes that the friend would get up and be the same old friend he was before. I sat down and for hours researched the possibility of a person actually being able to function with out the brain in a whole.
It was not long before I found that there is a computer chip that can now be placed inside a person’s brain to stimulate the remainder of the brain, and computes and processes for the part of the brain that is missing.
Not only could this computer chip assist with people with brain damage but this also may be a break through for Alzheimer’s patients as well as other diseases that affect the brain.
The largest question is will title 19 pay for it? More then likely the answer will be no.
It is deemed unnecessary procedure. Necessary procedures are basic survival needs that include medications, surgery when it is deemed medically reasonable in a term that is life threatening. In the necessity of the basis of life threatening that means with in reason, and not going above and beyond. Basically, it means that if you are at a certain period of your life you are forgotten and there is no hope.
Title 19 can be picky when it comes to terms of what they will pay for and won’t pay for regardless if they make sense or don’t it is still how they function. Reminds you of the stories in history as the Native American Indians when they migrated to a certain camp the elders that strangled behind either made it or they didn’t. It was survival and only the strongest survive.
If they went ahead and did do such a procedure and it actually truly worked would that be cheaper?
Cheaper then paying numerous nurses, nursing facilities and other health care that is in the area of caring for a patient that can not take care of themselves?
In a month’s time a nursing home will take an accumulated amount of about $2,000.00 a month for just rent. These elderly or incapacitated individuals are still left to pay for their medicine by way of title 19.
Possibly some of these new procedures would help Medicaid and Medicare save money, but on the negative side of the situation is one still relying on a machine to keep them alive?
In this day of age we’ve all talked to many computers on the phone, especially those voice activated services. Will these chips be as iffy of a situation as a computer and its ability to crash? Or will these chips be as efficient as the pace maker?