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need surgery - no insurance - new member

Postby heather_cf182 » Sun Jun 07, 2009 5:29 am

I work part-time and my husband is on permanent disability receiving SSI
I'm a post-menopausal woman who has just received a diagnosis of ovarian cysts, 30 to 50 percent chance of cancer. The left ovary is 8cm and must be removed. I have no health insurance. I do not qualify for medicaid.
I went to the largest hospital near me when it became clear there was no gynecological oncologist in my hometown hospital who could help me. I sat four hours in triage, six and a half hours in the waiting room before I even saw one of the ER docs. I was told there was a card for residents of that county that entitled them to reduced rates or even free care but that I didn't qualify because I lived in the next county but that if I contacted my local health dept., I could see about qualifying for the County Medically Indigent Program. I tried. I did all the running around, gathering documents, applying for and being denied medicaid and getting that in writing and guess what? I am over the limit for county medically indigent program.
So now what am I supposed to do? I need surgery, STAT!
Would you believe I had one physician actually look me in the face and say, "You have no health insurance. I can't help you."
What the hell is wrong with this picture?
Each day is a gift. That's why it's called The Present.
Tell someone you love them every day. You never know.
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to heather

Postby arthur_89345 » Thu Jun 11, 2009 8:46 pm

Don't give up there. Get online and on the phone. I was in dire straights too. I saw a show on PBS. I couldn't sleep with worry that night and about 3AM I saw a program about Hep C, Chemo Therapy and a program available through the University of Washington. I am part of the 80% group that beats the disease. I also ordered my meds through an online company out of Oregon. Cost was $150.00. The Rite Aid Pharmacy wanted $5000.00. Not a typo, $5000.00 verses $150.00.
Good luck Heather and chin up to your Mr. too.
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Partners against pain

Postby arthur_38583 » Thu Jun 11, 2009 11:40 pm

Heather, I just went on another favorite help site called partners against pain. Federally funded health centers care for you.
Good luck again,
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