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Old 03-21-2010, 05:47 AM
 
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Vietnam Vet denied cancer care he is entitled to:


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Old 03-21-2010, 07:55 AM
 
Location: Texas
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M.D. Anderson does not conduct clinical trails for free. When my Dad was down there, they offered him one, but he had to agree to pay $100,000 for it. This was nearly 20 years ago, so who knows how much they want now. His private insurance wouldn't pay for it and he couldn't without leaving Mom flat broke. In the end, Dad opted not to and he came home to die. For any patient, the time comes when nothing more can be done and throwing good money at little more than a forlorn hope is futile and pointless.

That's where this guy seems to be now and the VA is unwilling to pay for it. That's a common practice which even your insurance company and local hospital does. You may call it rationing if you like, but it's a fact of life someone will make that decision, no matter how much the patient thinks he has a chance or wishes he wasn't going to die. Of course, the patient has the option to pay for it himself.

Bottom line? Don't fault the VA. They're just doing what any health care provider does when there are no more options.
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Old 03-21-2010, 08:29 AM
 
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Please note the written agreement between NCI and VA. You see, it is something not spoken about so few know. VA is supposed to pay for these trials.
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Old 03-21-2010, 09:08 AM
 
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Edit: you're right. This is total BS. Classic military "administration" though. What a freaking joke.

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Old 03-21-2010, 09:58 AM
 
Location: wannabeinkentucky
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Please note the written agreement between NCI and VA. You see, it is something not spoken about so few know. VA is supposed to pay for these trials.
TheVA will pay for the trials for service connected cancer.

If his cancer is not service connected, the VA doesn't have to pay for the trials. He needs to get his cancer service connected first. Just because he served in Vietnam, doesn't mean it automatically gets service connected.

If he's tried to get it service connected, and the VA denied it, he needs to contact a service orgaization to represent him. Disabled American Veterans, Vietnam Veterans of America, VFW, American Legion are a few. Some charge, some don't. Disabled American Veterans do not charge for representing veterans. Not sure about the others.

That being said, the rest of his care is just ridiculous! I hate it when doctors, who aren't doing anything, get upset because those of us who care look stuff up on the internet. I ALWAYS check out my hubby's new meds online before he takes any. Have caught a few errors and potential life threatening conflictions.

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Old 03-21-2010, 10:14 AM
 
Location: wannabeinkentucky
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Adenoid Cystic Carsinoma is not one of the presumptive cancers so therefore is not considered a service connected disability. The VA hospital will not pay for the trials. Simple as that.

If a cancer or illness is considered presumptive, all one must prove is you were exposed to the cause while on active duty and one is immediately granted service connected disilility for the illness.

So the next plan of action would be to petition the government to add Adenoid Cystic Carsinoma to the list of presumptive cancers.



I'm not even going to touch the illegals and free health care. My blood pressure is already up enough today.

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Old 03-21-2010, 10:17 AM
 
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Not just service connected if you read the agreement that know one knows about. Furthermore, the VA told the veteran his cancer is on the list of agent orange cancers but not where it started on him. Doctors said it would start where he had the cancer start before reaching other parts of the body. One more way of denying benefits. The veteran is reapplying for disability with many people behind him. One million vets are waiting for disability.
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