By Jeff Dubin
The life of a person with multiple chronic illnesses is often that of a medical nomad. They wander from diagnosis to diagnosis and from doctor to doctor, hoping to alleviate the never-ending multitude of aches and pains. Insurance companies often don’t know what to do with these people. Everyone wants to put them into a bucket. Buckets are simple. We know what to do with people in Bucket A and we know what to do with people in Bucket B. But what do we do with people whose conditions sprawl across Buckets A, D, F, L, W, Z and buckets we have no name for? When we don’t have easy solutions, doctors and insurance companies often look away, hoping these patients move on and leave them alone. Some will write off their maladies as psychosomatic. There, we have a diagnosis. Next.