If there is one company that makes my skin crawl, it’s Crapna.   (Sony, how could you screw your employees this way?)  I’m sure that they have a better plan than I do, but in general Crapna is exactly what I said…crapna.   You have to take my word on this.  Anyone on the other side of the fence sees lots and lots of really gross stuff.  Oh, and I can’t tell you what I see.

In all fairness, the plan is the company plan and that it is whatever the big cheese has decided it should be.  They usually say that this is the plan that was recommended so that they don’t have to know theose very important minor details.  Never let anyone tell you the lie that they didn’t know that they had deleted this or that off the plan.  The big cheese always knows.  Take for instance my neck of the woods, one company that hires predominantly female staff refuses to pay for a particular female surgery even under medical necessity.  (I suppose that all the antidepressants and little blue pill that everyone uses in their company is of greater priority.)  IMHO, if that middleman insurance extortion thingy was removed, we could all enjoy basic healthcare the 1950s style when everyone could afford care at cash pay prices.

I know that there are humongous fines for anyone in the medical area leaking stuff like this, but what do you do about your own company not having the proper security to keep your information out of the internet’s looksee?

Carol Olsby, who has worked in human resources at large technology companies, said it wasn’t uncommon at her former employers for workers’ names and medical conditions to be shared in e-mails or for the companies to have a file of the most expensive medical claims.

Because that is how decisions are made about what to cap or cut.  I mean it isn’t because the company wants to send you a fruit basket during your recovery.

Employers would sometimes get a list of the costliest claims from an insurer to justify a rate increase, she said. For example, if a company had employees who’d developed costly chronic conditions, like a type of cancer or kidney failure, or had a premature baby, the insurer could argue that rates should rise.

The justification always sounds so good.  How about the insurer step away from the care and let the doc do their thing?  Oh yeah, if they don’t do a million tests for that bump on your head the lawyers are up next in line for their cut.

Olsby, who now runs consulting firm Carol Olsby & Associates Inc., also said it wasn’t uncommon for employees to e-mail human resources with medical information related to a denied claim. In all cases, she said the companies would try to keep the information on a “need-to-know basis.”

Need to know?  Ulterior motives or am I being too cynical?  Note to Sony, fasten your seatbelts because it’s going to be a bumpy ride.

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