We probably all know someone with cancer, had cancer, or is in treatment for cancer. There are most likely thousands of doctors and centers to receive treatment for cancer. As well, there are hundreds of conditions that cause other aliments due to having some cancers, they call that metastasized conditions that either are other cancers developed because of the original cancer going unnoticed or undiagnosed, or conditions related to having cancer treatments.
In the 21st century there have been extreme breakthroughs in research for cancers that were considered untreatable decades ago, today palliative (from Latin palliare, to cloak) care or to make someone comfortable with pain and suffering with terminal illness is still common. Places to begin searching for a cure or to remain as healthy as possible like Cancer Centers of America, http://www.cancercenter.com, are some of the areas to start.
What about the new health care laws and what can a cancer patient expect in light of the new laws about to take over our health care choices? For a recent press release on that matter please read the following document on the Presidential Proclamation released in March of 2013 at this link; http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2013/03/29/presidential-proclamation-national-cancer-control-month-2013. We can all have an opinion on this reform of our disastrous health care system from a prospective payment approach. We as American’s were hoping for a cut and dry Health care bill, however there are so many stipulations that it has many baffled. Here a link will take you to the PDF document to read the entire 900 page Affordable Care Act, http://housedocs.house.gov/energycommerce/ppacacon.pdf. Additionally here is a link to the Supreme Courts document upholding the law. http://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/11pdf/11-393c3a2.pdf.
Regardless of the political agenda each cancer patient has, they want affordable, quality care. Why is it in America, where American’s have had to beg to be treated with the same care as our President, Congress, Senator’s and local Government officials? Does the Affordable Care Act do that? If we were to follow the care of any government official, this author would say no, the normal American with or without the Affordable Care Act would not be getting the same level of care as those elected officials, with hands on care or what is available to the average Joe or Jane.
American’s do have a choice as to where to acquire care, get insurance, and be covered. How much coverage is enough? Where and when will the necessary easy to read instructions be available? The links above give the reader some insight as to what to expect. Can we expect end of life care to be the same quality as it was or better? Will doctors offer more options to those on Medicare, (MCR) or Medicaid (MCD)?
Private insurance through an employer can have some options as the level of care provided that MCR and MCD (CMS) will not have, unless the patient has both commercial insurance and the care guidelines provided by CMS.
Cancer patients must chose where to be treated according to the new laws that will take place, those with preexisting conditions will be addressed differently than the newly diagnosed patient. Where would a patient seek treatment and how can the treatment be more cost prohibitive? Below are several options that are worth looking into for a person facing a life changing condition that may or may not have a cure or a resolve. Only a physician can attest to what they can do for each individual patient.
The Mayo Clinic offers some solutions to the cancer patients medical offerings at this link; http://mayoresearch.mayo.edu/mayo/research/cancer-research/.
Additional, the Burzynski Clinic offers a different approach to cancer treatments, by following this link, http://www.burzynskiclinic.com/.
Where will the new Affordable Healthcare Act take you as a patient seeking care for anything will be up to how your doctor(s) see fit to treat you and what you as the patient will be able to afford, tolerate as far as the medicines available under the chosen plan, regardless if it is offered by your work place or though CMS.
Staying informed is the only option, as said in the beginning of this article most of us know someone that has cancer, had cancer, is being treated for cancer, or unfortunately has passed away due to cancer, as this author has. The bare fact is we are all going to pass away, from some health related issue, be it cancer or a car accident, or a work related injury, or doing something at home that causes a catastrophic injury, we will all need to have medical insurance. Just like car insurance became a law, so will having health insurance. It is up to you, the patient to chose.