ANTHEM -BLUE CROSS – (Our Motto) “PROFITS OVER PEOPLE” - The Esther Dardinger Story
Amazing as it may seem, John Grisham's "The Rainmaker" comes alive in this real life case against Insurance industry giant, "Anthem Blue Cross".
They first approved life-saving Cancer treatments …(previously approved for other policy holders) … then completely switched gears…reclassifying these same "approved" treatments as "experimental"…resulting in the death of 49 year old Esther Dardinger.
The bottom line was….as the Ohio Supreme Court clearly stated:
Anthem Blue Cross put "Profits before People"….And didn't live up their TV Commercial and Public Relations promises!
Like many insurance company's Public Relations TV Commercial campaigns that saturate the TV airwaves 24 hours a day….7 days a week…365 days per year….on Christmas…on your birthday, Thanksgiving…and on every imaginable holiday….Anthem Blue Cross tells their policy holders that they care…really care …or otherwise…. as they say….
Direct Quote: "…If we didn't care about people….we couldn't do our jobs…"
Sounds real good doesn't it ?….Only problem is Anthem Blue Cross really doesn't mean what they say!
And Bob Dardinger, widower of Esther Dardinger is a living witness to that.
49 year old Esther Dardinger beat breast cancer until it metastasized to her brain.
Ohio State University physician Dr. Herbert Newton, her physician, had successfully treated cancer like Esther's through intra-arterial chemotherapy.
Her husband's health insurer Anthem Blue Cross paid for three of the 12 scheduled treatments.
Bob & Esther first learned that the 4th treatment was being denied……… the day before it was given.
The insurance company had approved the first three of 12 treatments, but then refused further payment declaring the procedure…. "experimental."
Despite the fact that Ester Dardinger was responding favorably to treatment …..and that the same treatment had been approved for other patients.
While the appeal was pending, Esther Dardinger's health took a drastic turn for the worse….and she died on Nov. 6, 1997 of a metastatic brain tumor…
The final denial letter arrived… the day after her funeral.
Esther treatment would have allowed to live longer with quality.
Anthem Blue Cross fought tooth and nail to defend its contract and its decision…even though they knew they were dead wrong!
…… And How their Lawyer, Bob Palmer @ the law firm of ROBERT GRAY PALMER CO. LPA took on Anthem Blue Cross got Justice for Bob & Esther Dardinger …
You can contact Robert Palmer @ ROBERT GRAY PALMER Co., LPA www.rgpalmerlaw.com or 614.484.1200