I am a Breast Cancer Survivor!!
In 2007, I had a lumpectomy and then a mastectomy of my right breast. Diagnosed with DCIS, non-invasive.
Since that time I go to NYU hopsital in New York for my mammograms.
Since changing my health insurance to Aetna NJ Individual Choice, I have had to speak to so many people, even in Texas, India and the Phillipines.
My physician requested me to have a diagnostic mammo and the insurance company will not put it towards my deductible. The hospital charged $1031.00 for 2 or 3 photos, they were paid $733.00 and they are asking me for $831.00. I also was charged for the radiologist to read it.
None of this makes any sense. I only have one breast.
I have called Aetna and have been told that the routine screening mammos are covered and applied to deductible but diagnositic mammos are not.
Why should I be punished because I have had Breast Cancer? I need this procedure as per my doctor. She has given me a letter stating that this a medical necessity.
I live in the state of New Jersey and would appreciate any help with this matter.