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Mastectomy laws... PLEASE Read This!!!

Discussion in 'The Attic' started by jas2587, May 1, 2009.

    May 1, 2009
  1. jas2587

    jas2587 Ueber Meister

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    Proposed Mastectomy Law Change

    (written by a surgeon);

    I'll never forget the look in my patients eyes when I had to tell them they had to go home with the drains, new exercises and no breast. I remember begging the doctors to keep these women in the hospital longer, only to hear that they would, but their hands were tied by the insurance companies.

    So there I sat with my patient giving them the instructions they needed to take care of themselves, knowing full well they didn't grasp half of what I was saying, because the glazed, hopeless, frightened look spoke louder than the quiet 'Thank you' they muttered.

    A mastectomy is when a woman's breast is removed in order to remove cancerous breast cells/tissue. If you know anyone who has had a mastectomy, you may know that there is a lot of discomfort and pain afterwards. Insurance companies are trying to make mastectomies an outpatient procedure. Let's give women the chance to recover properly in the hospital for 2 days after surgery.

    This Mastectomy Bill is in Congress now. It takes 2 seconds to do this and is very important. Please take the time and do it really quick! The Breast Cancer Hospitalization Bill is important legislation for all women.

    Please send this to everyone in your address book. If there was ever a time when our voices and choices should be heard, this is one of those times. If you're receiving this, it's because I think you will take the 30 seconds to go to vote on this issue and send it on to others you know who will do the same.

    There's a bill called the Breast Cancer Patient Protection Act which will require insurance companies to cover a minimum 48-hour hospital stay for patients undergoing a mastectomy. It's about eliminating the 'drive-through mastectomy' where women are forced to go home just a few hours after surgery, against the wishes of their doctor, still groggy from anesthesia and sometimes with drainage tubes still attached.

    Lifetime Television has put this bill on their web page with a petition drive to show your support.. Last year over half the House signed on. PLEASE! Sign the petition by clicking on the web site below. You need not give more than your name and zip code number.

    You must register/login in order to see the link.


    Cindy
     
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  2. May 2, 2009
  3. vinylweatherman

    vinylweatherman You type well loads CAG MM

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    These insurance companies are taking a risk. What happens if a "drive through" OP goes wrong? Woman sues, gets her doctors as expert witnesses, and insurer has to pay damages leading to legal precedent and possible class action.

    Similar things are happening here in the UK, but it is driven by pressure on capacity, and is a problem for many types of procedure. Return home is often driven by the need to release beds, rather than on medical advice.
     
  4. May 2, 2009
  5. jas2587

    jas2587 Ueber Meister

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    thats true but if ya click the link your Vote could be the one that counts towards changing this policy

    My Mom (rest her soul) had a Mastectomy an was sent home the same day it was a nightmare an the pain she was in an we couldnt do a darn thing for her but love her


    Cindy:)

    Vote
     
  6. May 2, 2009
  7. cynthial

    cynthial Boo

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    Oh Cindy that is a sad story. I am sorry for what your family went through. I had no idea that this was going on. Of course I signed the petition.
     
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  8. May 2, 2009
  9. winbig

    winbig Keep winning this amount.

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    signed...
     
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  10. May 2, 2009
  11. vinylweatherman

    vinylweatherman You type well loads CAG MM

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    I doubt this would do any good, after all, this is a proposed US law, not a UK one.
     
  12. May 2, 2009
  13. vegetagirl2008

    vegetagirl2008 Mafia Wars Level 472

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    I signed as well. Thanks for letting us know about this. Health insurance these days want to day every procedure for one day. Its not fair, they are too cheap to pay the premiums.
     
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  14. May 2, 2009
  15. jas2587

    jas2587 Ueber Meister

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    Vinyl could be but ya never know it could become a matter in the UK also
    Lets hope not

    Cindy

    Thank U all
     
  16. May 2, 2009
  17. ksech

    ksech Dormant account

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    The sad part is the fact that the premiums go up and up and the patient receives less and less. Any major surgeries are handled as if the person is just experiencing a bad toothache or stomach ache, pat them on the shoulder and send them home. I've signed, this is too important to ignore.
     
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  18. May 2, 2009
  19. missmichelle

    missmichelle Meister Member

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    Done. :)

    Michelle
     
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  20. May 2, 2009
  21. Westland Bowl

    Westland Bowl Tin Foil Hat Club Member CAG PABnonaccred

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    There are better and extremely effective treatments for cancer in Germany that is not allowed in the United States. It does not involve radiation, chemo, or surgery and the patient is not disfigured permanently. The medical industry in the United States is so god-awful even various FDA officials go to Germany to be treated for their cancers. Info You must register/login in order to see the link..
     
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  22. May 3, 2009
  23. rockycatt

    rockycatt meistercatt

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    we signed it [shure is some realy bad dead wood at the top ] :confused:
     
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  24. May 3, 2009
  25. BingoT

    BingoT Nurses love to give shots

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    Thanks Jas2587 I passed it on to many people in the Medical Field and around.
    B-T
    Medical Field:thumbsup:
     
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