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Advanced cardiac issues- how can a patient obtain treatment w/o health insurance or medicare coverage while waiting 2 yrs. For the ssi/cal program?

Advanced cardiac issues- how can a patient obtain treatment w/o health insurance or medicare coverage while waiting 2 yrs. For the ssi/cal program?

FQHC : Seek out a fqhc near you. Federally qualified health centers are the best places for uninsured or underinsured patients to recieve their care. ...Read more

Dr. Barry Rosen
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Cancer (Definition)

Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...Read more


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Which type of financial goverment assistance is available for people with cancer?

Which type of financial goverment assistance is available for people with cancer?

Apply for it: There are sources of financial aid particularly for medical coverage for patients with cancer. Some is through the federal and some through the state.Medicaid/medicare are available, but one needs to apply for it. There are a lot of forms that a social worker can help with, but most patients get the health insurance coverage. Most hospitals and cancer programs have social workers that can help. ...Read more

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Comparing palliative care for adults with cancer in hospice?

Comparing palliative care for adults with cancer in hospice?

The time to: Shift from exclusive focus on cure, to acceptance that cure is not possible, time to focus on quality, comfort and care is difficult for many. Today, evidence is pointing toward integrating comfort measures for pain, nausea, fatigue and sleep early during "cure care". Amazingly, people treated this way live longer, and more comfortably. It's what i would want! ...Read more

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Searching for health care coverage answers on pt and aide reimburesment for elderly person?

Searching for health care coverage answers on pt and aide reimburesment for elderly person?

Medicare?: Medicare will pay for physical therapy with a doctors prescription and a diagnosis requiring pt. Mc does not pay for unskilled home care services like home health aides. Medicaid does pay for hha and othe non skilled home care needs. ...Read more

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Palliative care question: good reference guideline for end-stage COPD clinical/functional markers for poor response to CPR, and should recommend DNR?

Palliative care question: good reference guideline for end-stage COPD clinical/functional markers for poor response to CPR, and should recommend DNR?

COPD and DNR: I recommend going to uptodate and review what their recommendations are. This is the best source of good medical information I have found. When you read the sections on these issues you can also click on the reference to see the cited reference. ...Read more

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Is gamete cryopreservation and fertility treatment for cancer patients covered?

Is gamete cryopreservation and fertility treatment for cancer patients covered?

Try Fertile Hope: If your insurance doesn't cover it (worth checking) look into fertile hope, who offer discounted treatment and/or free medications. http://bit.ly/ibrss9. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Can a md. Deny medicare-paid hospice end-stage dementia patient physical therapy if patient's family requests it to maintain movement with new law?

Can a md. Deny medicare-paid hospice end-stage dementia patient  physical therapy  if patient's family requests it to maintain movement with new law?

Hmmm . . . : Could there maybe be a disagreement between this physician and your family about what's in the patient's best interests? This is a deep discussion that involves much thought and consideration, and which deserves scheduled time with your relative's doctor to go over treatment plans, prognosis, etc. Maybe such a discussion can resolve these issues? Doctors want to help, not hurt or harm. ...Read more

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In general, what can be some treatment options, besides palliative hospice care, for stage 4 pancreas cancer and extensive liver mets?

In general, what can be some treatment options, besides palliative hospice care, for stage 4 pancreas cancer and extensive liver mets?

Recommend chemothera: There are more than one chemotherapy options. Seek advice from a medical oncologist. A combination of Gemcitabine and Nab Paclitaxel is one recently approved treatment regimen. Other drug regimens like FOLFERINOX are also commonly used. ...Read more

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Will their be new treatments for intermediate risk MDS in 2016? Other than Vidaza and supportive care? I care abt newest treatment for 70 yr patient

Will their be new treatments for intermediate risk MDS  in 2016? Other than Vidaza and supportive care? I care abt newest treatment for 70 yr patient

Myelodysplastic Syndromes: Common drugs for MDS include:1.Azacitidine (Vidaza) 2.Cytarabine (Cytosar-U) 3.Daunorubicin (Cerubidine) 4. Decitabine (Dacogen) 5. Idarubicin (Idamycin) 6.Lenalidomide (Revlimid).Overall, 30 to 40% of patients may benefit. Gene manipulation of own stem cell has cured, patients with severe advanced leukemia, is the future. Pts.reported rapidly to iv infusion, was recently reported ...Read more

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What chemotherapy treatments exists for patients with esophageal cancer?

What chemotherapy treatments exists for patients with esophageal cancer?

Many: It depends on the type of esophageal cancer and the stage. Cisplatin plus 5-fu is a common regimen, and it is sometimes given with radiation. Other types of chemo being studied include taxol, gemciteabine, irinotecan, and xeloda (capecitabine). A good website for cancer information is www.Cancer.Gov, the national cancer institute website. Good luck! ...Read more

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In 2012, only 9% of eligible patients received an annual wellness visit. Why don't more primary care doctors perform it for their medicare patients?

In 2012, only 9% of eligible patients received an annual wellness visit. Why don't more primary care doctors perform it for their medicare patients?

Minimal incentive.: 100% of our eligibles get it. I suppose that many don't do it because it is not incentivized well. It is a lot of work and creates a lot of new processes and thinking. ...Read more

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Does the nhs pay for any prostate cancer treatment at all?

Does the nhs pay for any prostate cancer treatment at all?

Yes: NHS is the National Health Service in the UK. As far as I know (my sister has been in England for 40 yrs) NHS pays for healthcare of all British citizens. Unless you are referring to something else by nhs??? ...Read more

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Is there any provision for free residential care for elderly people with mental illness?

Is there any provision for free residential care for elderly people with mental illness?

Chck medicaid: Check with your sate medicaid program if this patient is eligible, some states have home aid service. ...Read more

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Do you know any organization or sponsors for financial support for dialyais patients?

Do you know any organization or sponsors for financial support for dialyais patients?

Financial support: The best person to ask is the social worker who is at the dialysis center the patient seeking financial support dialyzes in. Good luck ...Read more

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Are BCG treatments for cancer a danger to others living with the patient?

Are BCG treatments for cancer a danger to others living with the patient?

NO: Bcg is a strain of the attenuated (weakened) live bovine tuberculosis bacillus used as a vaccine against tuberculosis. Its used in treatment of superficial bladder cancer since late 1980s. Instillation of bcg into the bladder is an effective form of immunotherapy in this disease. While the mechanism is unclear, it appears a local immune reaction is mounted against the tumor. Its not contagious. ...Read more