Posted 3/7/2009 6:27 PM (GMT -6)
Billy, here in the US, if you don't have insurance, and you are too young for medicare/medicaid, you would SOL in most cases, and even if you could get treatment at a public hospital, you would be in debt for the rest of your natural life, and if you needed expensive meds, it would be too bad again in most cases. There are exceptions.
For what I have paid in taxes over the years, and in private health insurance premiums, and all the deductibles every year and co-pays, etc, I would just assume to be a part of a nationalized, or may I use the big "S" word, socialized medicine system. Just my opinion.
David in SC
Age 56, 56 at DX, PSA 7/7 5.8, 7/8 12.3,9/8 14.5
3rd Biopsy Sept 08: Positive 7 of 7 cores, 40-90%, Gleason 7, 4+3
Open RP surgery 11/14/8, Right nerves spared, 4 days hospital, staples out 11/24/8, 5th cath out on 1/19/9
Post-surgery Pathlogy Report:Gleason 3+4=7, pT2c, 42 grm, tumor 20%, Contained in capsular, clear margins, clear lymph nodes
First PSA Post Surgery 2/9 .05, 6 month on 5/9