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Old 01-16-2012, 08:57 PM
 
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A woman I know here in LA has been diagnosed with MRSA. Due to pre-existing condition she is currently uninsured. I have called fee clinics, county, etc and she has just a little bit too much income to be eligible for any help - but nowhere near what her costs for treatment would be. She was prescribed 4 months of iv antibiotics at $175 a day plus cost of picc line insertion.
Does anyone have any suggestions about other resources?
Thanks in advance for any ideas.
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Old 01-17-2012, 06:01 AM
 
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Not sure on the insurance. I do know that when we are fighting MRSA in our area, we make sure that people do not re-infect themselves or others using a long range antimicrobial. There are disinfectants such as Monofoil Antimicrobial that work for 90+days in a home, on surfaces, etc. [mod]link removed[/mod] Not sure if this advice helps, but I'm very aware of MRSA in our athletic programs and had great success eliminating MRSA in our environment.

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Old 01-17-2012, 01:53 PM
 
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I am not sure how this works, but perhaps your friend can check out http://www.pcip.ca.gov/Home/default.aspx . It's a California preexisting condition program that doesn't look like they look at income to qualify. Can you keep us updated on how this works out. This is new to me too and I'm sure it'll help plenty others in similar situations.
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Old 01-17-2012, 02:06 PM
 
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Thanks, it turns out she would have to be without insurance for six months to qualify. Good source.
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Old 01-18-2012, 08:14 PM
 
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I have had MRSA, and so has everyone that came to visit, it's horrible but needs to be addressed ASAP, and that's no joke!! Within 24-48 hours it needs to be seen. I live in a very clean house, excellent hygiene . I got mine from surfing in this nasty so cal water. I know a lot of info about it you can email or call me I would more then happy to help. How bad is it now? how big? where is it? redness around it? white head (if so don't pop it, that can lead to infection getting into the blood. I am not trying to freak you out but it really does need to be addressed asap, maybe a DR can elaborate.
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Old 01-18-2012, 08:33 PM
 
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Thank you for your reply. I am glad you beat it. Can't afford recommended treatment. Getting a second opinion Friday
Take care
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Old 01-19-2012, 07:37 AM
 
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Your friend might look into clinical trials. The American Skin Association (which seems to be the association dealing with MRSA but I am no expert), the National Institutes of Health, and various other places (e.g., local hospitals dealing with MRSA-- maybe UCLA and USC-- plus Mayo Clinic, Johns Hopkins and others) may ahve info. A couson of my wife's, living in Brazil, was accepted into a clinical trial on melanoma at the John Wayne Cancer Institute in Santa Monica. There are often placebo groups, of course, but it can be a way to get, or at least learn about, new treatments.
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Old 01-19-2012, 10:57 AM
 
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In the meanwhile, while the right physician is being located, I recommend googling and trying natural remedies for MRSA, whatever it takes--garlic, probiotics, natural oils, high doses of vit C, changing diet to partially juices/raw diet. bathing infected area in anti-microbial solution, to slow down the progress of the disease. I live without insurance all my life and practice all preventive measures like this. Remember that MRSA is a staph resistant to antibiotics, however staph infections had been cured for hundreds of years without any antibiotics.

Also, you could perhaps buy necessary antibiotics in overseas online pharmacies, at a fraction of cost. That's what I do if I need to buy medicine.

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Old 01-19-2012, 10:11 PM
 
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I am glad you beat it. Can't afford recommended treatment. http://www.uklv.info/g.gif
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Old 01-19-2012, 10:26 PM
 
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$175/day, for 3 months... this is $1750 per ten days, and roughly $5200 per month, 15.5K for 3 months.. plus other "fees", IV insertion, etc--! Going to Mexico to see a doctor would probably be way cheaper...
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