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Old 07-09-2012, 05:14 AM   #3981
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so, steve is home drinking tea?
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Old 07-09-2012, 01:10 PM   #3982
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Shrek has an appointment with his Primary and then I'm headed to the clinic. All over body aches, etc ad nauseum.
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Old 07-09-2012, 03:56 PM   #3983
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I called Mom yesterday, and she said her oncologist had recommended a treatment. One shot, but expensive. She took the shot,it made her sick for a couple of days. But here's the rub. She got the statement, and medicare/TRICARE paid for it, but that one shot cost almost $12,000 and came in a chemotherapy. She was told almost 20 years ago that her cancer wasn't responsive to chemo or radiation. One shot, $12,000. She was just curious as to what it was, and I looked up on the computer, but of course got nothing useable from my research, so called my own doctor. Spent some time and still don't have much of an answer. It's actually a growth hormone? The government has paid $12,000 and she still has no idea of what this shot was supposed to do for her. He wants her to take another treatment. She's 78 and has been living with cancer for almost two decades. She and I were talking. For $12,000 I could easily pay for a physical for every single child in my town. Mom's thoughts were the same. For that amount of money she could pay for the medical bills for her great-grands for their first few years, and she has no idea what in the heck this shot was supposed to do for her. I spent the morning talking to my nurse to see if I could un-tangle the medical-ese to figure out what it is she was treated with.
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Old 07-09-2012, 04:30 PM   #3984
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so, steve is home drinking tea?
Yep

He was playing TF2 on his pc
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Old 07-09-2012, 06:53 PM   #3985
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Wow, Claire...that's just astounding, that much for a shot. Hope you get some answers soon.

Kylie, glad to hear Steve is better. That's good news.

I'm just sitting on the couch, ceiling fan and A/C on high, and enjoying a tall, cold glass of iced tea with extra lemon. Nice.
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Old 07-09-2012, 07:17 PM   #3986
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Shrek is good for another three weeks, I got the medications I wanted from the clinic. It's tough being in a spot to know what you need but have to depend on someone else agreeing with you to get it. I could have saved money just walking into a pharmacy and asking for this stuff.
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Old 07-09-2012, 08:26 PM   #3987
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Shrek is good for another three weeks, I got the medications I wanted from the clinic. It's tough being in a spot to know what you need but have to depend on someone else agreeing with you to get it. I could have saved money just walking into a pharmacy and asking for this stuff.
Is this because of your Medical system? Do you have to buy things from a certain place to get them covered?

Some items are covered under our extended medical through DH's work, and some, like my physio I start on Friday at $78 per 45 minutes, we have to pay up front and get 75% back. But we don't have to have it approved first (though there is a maximum we can claim).
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Old 07-09-2012, 08:47 PM   #3988
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Is this because of your Medical system? Do you have to buy things from a certain place to get them covered?

Some items are covered under our extended medical through DH's work, and some, like my physio I start on Friday at $78 per 45 minutes, we have to pay up front and get 75% back. But we don't have to have it approved first (though there is a maximum we can claim).
No, it's because I cannot prescribe, but I know what I need. So I have to go to the doctor to get a prescription, $20 co-pay to tell them what I have and what I need. Luckily, this clinic MD today is one who will listen to me. Three hours after taking the first dose I'm already feeling the benefit.
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Old 07-09-2012, 09:40 PM   #3989
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Claire, that is incredible. Sort of like my Taclonex. It is $502 a tube of ointment. And I get two two tubes a month.
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Claire,
I just read about your Mom and her $12,000 shot. That is incredible.

My Dad had macular degeneration in his eyes and when he was first sent to the retina specialist for the first eye the doctor said he wasn't sure he could save it but could try a shot (into the eye). This shot was $3,000 and was not covered by our Pharmacare and Dad being a pensioner didn't have extended benefits. The doctor paid for it himself! That eye hemoraged and he lost sight in it, but the same doctor was able to save the other eye with the same shots (then covered by Pharmacare. It took 4 to do the job....another $12,000! But at least my Dad knew what the shots were for!
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