This continues the recent post about the famous Dr. Walsh but also throws it out there to all who have selected Johns Hopkins as the treatment center...
I am scheduled for RP on Aug 20 in Richmond VA but have an appt on Aug 8 at Johns Hopkins with Dr. Schaeffer for another opinion. I wanted to see Dr. Walsh but he does not take Blue Cross, so I have been trying to figure out the cost to me if he is MY MAN on this one (how much over reasonable & customary he is plus the out of network cost). Dr. Schaeffer and others there DO take BC/BS, and the hospital itself takes BC/BS. It has been difficult to get reliable information from them without an appointment with Dr. Walsh. It may be difficult to get reliable information even if I do see Dr. W, which could be the difference between $5,000 out of my pocket, or $25,000 or more. (There certainly is not that much in my pocket.)
How long did it take to get an appointment with Dr. W. and how long after that did it take to get the surgery on the schedule? I have T1c and gleason 6 so I do not think I am hurting myself if this takes a little longer to resolve, but my presurgical stuff for the Aug 20th RP is on Aug 5th, before I even go to JH for the appointment. I am torn whether to carry on as scheduled or wait and look into the JH route.
The other matter is selection of doctor if Dr. W 's out of network cost is prohibitive, since all I can find to look at is their JH website stuff, their degrees, publications, awards, etc. but not their statistics/outcomes. HELP!