Bayer Healthcare Pharmaceuticals manufactures the Mirena intrauterine device (IUD) that we’ve all seen on TV. Unfortunately, Bayer is on the receiving end of a number of recently filed lawsuits regarding this popular contraceptive choice. The plaintiffs allege that they sustained serious injury as a direct result of Mirena. As a result, they had to undergo surgery to have Mirena removed. However, not everyone has money set aside for large, unexpected medical expenses.
Many women have suffered similar Mirena injuries and need to have the device removed but are unable to undergo the removal procedure because of the costs associated with hospitalization and surgery.
Low income women who can receive Mirena free or at low cost at a women’s clinic may not have considered what costs may be incurred if the device needs to be removed prematurely. They may not have been informed about all of the reasons that could make surgical removal a necessity.
Women who have health insurance are being faced with similar situations. The Affordable Care Act has given women more access to birth control. Women can now receive Mirena at low cost, but if a woman needs to have the device removed surgically, she will incur the costs associated with the surgical procedure.
Also, many women do not stop to think about their future health insurance plans. If there is a chance you may switch employers in the near future, consider whether or not your new health insurance plan will cover any medical costs associated with Mirena. If you gain employment at a religious organization such as a Catholic hospital or school and need to have your Mirena surgically removed, you will likely need to pay out of pocket, as Catholic employers will not cover contraceptive related medical expenses.
Many women who suffered serious injuries as a result of Mirena migration are seeking legal compensation with a Mirena lawyer to help pay for their medical expenses associated with Mirena. However, some lawyers may not want to take a Mirena case if the device has not been removed.
Aside from the cost, surgical removal of Mirena can be complicated. Several patients reported that their doctor was unable to locate the device. Women who are having difficulty getting their Mirena IUD removed are urged to contact a Mirena lawyer for a free case evaluation and are also urged to talk with their healthcare providers on financial and medical options that may be available to them.
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