I am finding that with Kaiser Permanente I am getting a band-aid for my chronic back pain, and I am dismissed by their medical staff if I tell them their efforts are not providing long term care. The system is designed to avoid fixing expensive problems and seems to only put short term band-aids on big issues and they kick the can down the road at the patients’ expense.
The cost of their saving money is the pain and suffering of their patients. I wish I had a better option in healthcare but my corporate plan is 2 thousand out of pocket a year or Kaiser Permanente which cost less but you definitely get less care. The issue is how they avoid cost at the suffering of their patients. If you have no healthcare issue, it’s a great plan but with chronic pain issues, this is the wrong plan. You will only get a band-aid not a fix for your problems, due to the high cost of providing the best possible outcome for pain. It’s not cost effective.