A friend of mine was involved in a car accident earlier this year. She’s alright; but injured her back. Fortunately, doctors said with some physical therapy and massage, it would be better in a few months. The insurance company was iffy on paying for her treatment, but since she works a physical labor type of job, she saw no alternative for getting better and went ahead with it anyway. It’s her health, after all.

When she started to feel better, she backed off the treatments somewhat, keeping only the ones that were getting results. One doctor kept recommending more and more, and she began to question his motive for all this expensive treatment that she didn’t really need. She refused the extra treatments and was able to wean herself off of them altogether as her back healed.

Recently, she told me with a big smile of relief that her insurance company called her to say they would pay for her treatments. The insurance person she talked to said his superiors wanted to deny her claims, but because she’d refused those extra treatments he was able to show them she was truly trying to get better without sponging off the system. The total bill was around $3000.

I could make a point about having to take your health into your own hands, about questionable practices amid the world of truly great doctors and medical advances, or about an insurance company who did the right thing. Instead, I’m going with this: Find your own personal balance, and stick to your guns.

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