John... very good points... especially about the dearth of health centers
dedicated to diagnosing and treating the particular medical problems of men.
Luckily, many admirable physicians recognize this and take the necessary
though risky step of manipulating an unfair and medically unsound system on
behalf of their patients. Of course, my doctor wouldn't think of doing such
a thing. And I would never let him. No, no, no.
But if I complain of an internal burning sensation from too much exposure to
RF, maybe he'd give me a physical....
----- Original Message -----
From: WA9ALS - John <email@example.com>
Sent: Tuesday, April 10, 2001 10:19 PM
Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] Hams and prostrate cancer
> > Medicare has paid for the PSA for years, once annually, as long as the
> > prescribing physician has had reasonable grounds to believe that the
> > was indicated. Indications included getting up to urinate during the
> > night and/or having a slightly enlarged prostate.(who doesn't?)
> This is incorrect. Medicare publishes a thick book every year with the
> diagnosis codes (ICD-9) of the acceptable indications for the "monitored"
> tests. Nocturia and benign prostatic hyperplasia are not acceptable.
> a doctor orders one of the monitored tests without one of the listed
> indications, it not only doesn't get paid by Medicare, but the doctor can
> imprisoned for fraud. Starting in 2001, Medicare recipients are entitled
> an annual "screening PSA".
> These things change every year, and are very difficult to keep up with.
> They also don't pay for a "routine annual exam" this year. You might
> disagree with this, but if you think your routine exam was paid for, then
> your doctor "fudged" and put down some of your chronic problems as if they
> were acute reasons for your visit.
> It's crazy... Men deserve a PSA and DRE every year after 40 or so, but
> doesn't mean Medicare will pay for it. Right now the focus is on women's
> health care, primarily because they usually make the health care decisions
> for the whole family. Ever seen a "Men's Center" at your local hospital?
> (There might be a few...).
> A couple of us couldn't resist adding some facts to this thread, but no
> changes the mind of someone believing what they want. It isn't RF in most
> cases, guys. Cheerio! 73
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