Insurance Company Won't Pay For Child's Leukemia Treatment

Primary Physician Care, a privately-owned insurance company based in Charlotte, North Carolina, has now twice refused to pay for a 3-year-old’s special leukemia treatment recommended by doctors at Duke University Hospital—even after the child’s mother called the insurance company and spoke personally to the president. The child, Paxten Mitchell, suffers from a rare form of the cancer called acute lymphoblastic leukemia, or ALL.

con_paxtenmitchell.jpg “The fact is, my kid has leukemia, and if he doesn’t get this treatment, he will die,” Robert Mitchell said. “The way they made me feel was that they were pressuring us to take him home and let him die. We’ll try anything that has a chance of succeeding, and I will not give up fighting for it to be covered.

“Go to their Web site, and their mission statement says they treat each person with compassion,” he said. “I think that’s a bunch of hoopla.”

Paul Tate, a spokesman for Primary Physician Care, said the company is not authorized to discuss Paxten’s case.

Aw c’mon, PPC, at least say you’re taking the lives of your customers’ children very seriously or something. Don’t you know how PR works?

(Thanks to Adam!)

“Insurance won’t cover child’s critical leukemia treatment” [Asheville Citizen-Times]

(Photo of Paxton Mitchell: Citizen-Times)

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