JOY!!! JOY!!! JOY!!!

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    Oct 06, 2011 10:10 PM GMT
    I got a phone call from my radiation oncologist's office today, that I had been dreading.

    "Mr. Xxxx, we need you to provide your co-pay for your treatments."

    "How much is it?" I was literally trembling.

    "$4000."

    "Is that all? Is that for the entire 6 weeks of daily treatments and the preliminary work?"

    "Yes, that will be the total. There will be an additional amount, for the radioactive seed implants, but it will be less."

    And I was jumping around for joy, immediately phoned my partner with the good news. I was expecting 10 times that amount, and my total cost across several doctors to exceed 6 figures.

    I may have dodged not only the cancer bullet, but the financial bullet as well, that I feared almost more. I now think my total cost will be under $10,000, which is nothing.

    And I'm getting the best cancer treatment in South Florida, from a doctor who's featured in magazines as among the 10 best in the State. I could be treated for free at the VA, but with methods & equipment that are 20 years behind the times.

    I'll pay the difference, and get to live. Treated by the very same doctor who cured my partner's prostate cancer 7 years ago.

    It was horrible news being told I had cancer. But if you're gonna get this sort of thing, I can't think of a better set of circumstances to get me through it. I continue to be the luckiest & most fortunate guy I know. icon_biggrin.gif
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    Oct 06, 2011 11:12 PM GMT
    I am very happy for you Art and may you continue in your journey toward good health, happiness, and joy!
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    Oct 06, 2011 11:31 PM GMT
    that's awesome news! cheers! wish you all the best.
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    Oct 06, 2011 11:38 PM GMT
    WTF HTFC
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    Oct 06, 2011 11:39 PM GMT
    Can I have the other 6 grand that you didnt have to pay? LOL!
    Congrats.. now pay me! icon_lol.gif
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    Oct 07, 2011 1:15 AM GMT
    Congratulations on the great news icon_smile.gif

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    Oct 07, 2011 1:17 AM GMT
    That's awesome! Congrats! icon_biggrin.gif
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    Oct 07, 2011 1:22 AM GMT
    Great news B.
    I have been meaning to call and will try over the weekend. Hope the treatment is going as well as the finances.
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    Oct 07, 2011 1:26 AM GMT
    You have great health insurance, and for that you have every right to be grateful.

    I'm happy for you but I mourn for the tens of millions without any healthcare coverage. I also continue to mourn for the loss of a dear friend who died of breast cancer because she couldn't find an insurance company to insure her. She lost her insurance and couldn't get another carrier to cover her because of her pre-existing condition. She lost her life because once her bank accounts were drained, and her parents bank accounts were drained ... after her parents lost their home to pay what they could ... after all of that money was drained from my beloved friend and her family, she was kicked to the curb to die. And she did.

    R.I.P. Barbara Adler. Not a day goes by when I don't think of you.
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    Oct 07, 2011 3:32 AM GMT
    RiverRising saidYou have great health insurance, and for that you have every right to be grateful.

    I'm happy for you but I mourn for the tens of millions without any healthcare coverage. I also continue to mourn for the loss of a dear friend who died of breast cancer because she couldn't find an insurance company to insure her. She lost her insurance and couldn't get another carrier to cover her because of her pre-existing condition. She lost her life because once her bank accounts were drained, and her parents bank accounts were drained ... after her parents lost their home to pay what they could ... after all of that money was drained from my beloved friend and her family, she was kicked to the curb to die. And she did.

    R.I.P. Barbara Adler. Not a day goes by when I don't think of you.


    I am equally happy for you as well. The financial aspects of the entire ordeal worry people more than the actual disease and treatment themselves.

    And RiverRising, I also feel for you and the loss of your friend. A National Health Insurance plan should and must cover those with pre-existing conditions and it's sad that some narrow-minded, brain-damaged individuals want to see this taken away. They fail and fail miserably when it comes down to "someone else," as they feel only the very wealthy should be "entitled" to be cared for when they become sick.....
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    Oct 07, 2011 3:44 AM GMT
    I'm very happy to read such awesome news. I hope your health continues to improve and that you keep your spirits high.
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    Oct 07, 2011 3:46 AM GMT
    #WINNING.
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    Oct 07, 2011 4:05 AM GMT
    My congratulations sir
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    Oct 07, 2011 8:37 PM GMT
    RiverRising saidYou have great health insurance, and for that you have every right to be grateful.

    I'm happy for you but I mourn for the tens of millions without any healthcare coverage...

    R.I.P. Barbara Adler. Not a day goes by when I don't think of you.

    Sorry to hear of this tragedy that touched you. Actually I don't have private health care insurance myself, nothing but Medicare parts A & B. But I never needed that until recently, because of being a disabled veteran treated by the VA at no cost at all.

    And under active-duty military health care for 25 years before that, with my parents footing the bill prior to that point. So that I never personally paid for a doctor's bill or drug prescription in my entire life until about 3 years ago. The VA system is so bad here in Florida, and the hospital so far away in downtown Miami, that I shifted to Medicare with a co-pay.

    The greatest disadvantage to me is that going to Medicare at my age, with serious pre-existing conditions, has made getting a Medicare supplemental private policy, like my partner has, very difficult. If there's a trick to it, I'd like to know it.

    That's why I was sweating out the Medicare co-pay I was facing. I just can't believe it's so small. But I get to have what may be the best radiation oncologist in Florida treating me, with the newest & most advanced radiation equipment. I feel like I'm in a science fiction movie every morning.

    This is why you need to check around and not leave your health care to chance. I'm not about to give less attention to choosing my cancer treatment than I do to buying a new car or a TV. And that's something I couldn't have with the VA, so I bite the bullet and pay the cost to have private treatment of my own choice.

    Fortunately the same service-connected disabilities that make me eligible for VA treatment also make me eligible for Medicare. I'm sorry your dear friend evidently did not have those options. And this is the safety net that US Republicans wants to eliminate.