I was recently reminded by my HR person at work that our health insurance has a rather unique little benefit (I'm sure they mentioned this at orientation when I first got hired but that was a long time ago and I'm also sure I would have said "nice" and then forgotten about it).
Here it is: When you travel to a "Center of Excellence" for a medical need, and have to stay overnight, they will pay for your lodging, meals, and travel for you and your spouse.
Well, Univ. of Mich Hospital is one of those Centers of Excellence. I went there 3 times: first for a consultation, then for a biopsy, and then for a consultation with their team. Unfortunately, I didn't know about this for the first two trips and so I didn't save all of my meal receipts. My expenses that I could produce was in excess of $550. and they are paying for that!
Pretty good. Has anyone else heard of such a feature?
BTW, I suspect it saves the insurance company funds in the long run since it encourages folks to get the best treatment.
63 years old
PSA-- 3/08--2.90; 8/09--4.01; 11/09--4.19 (Free PSA 24%), this after 45 days on cipro! DREs have always been normal.
History of BPH/prostatitis. PCA-3 test: 75.9 (bad news, guaranteeing I have to do....): Biopsy on 11/30/09. Result of biopsy:
5 out of 12 cores positive. Gleason 4+3. More specifically: 2 cores were 3+3 (one 5% and the other 30%) on one side. On the other side:2 cores are 4+3 (5%)--1 core 3+4 (30%) no peri-neural invasion. prostate is 45 grams. Stage: T1C
REVISED BIOPSY REPORT: The previous was read by Umich. Slides were then sent to Dr. Menon at Ford Hospital. Here is their report (much better) -- changes in bold print below:
5 out of 12 cores positive. Gleason 3+4. More specifically: 2 cores were 3+3 (one 5% and the other 20%) on one side. On the other side, 3 cores were 3+4 (5%, 5%, 20%)
Latest: Surgery with Dr. Menon at Ford Hospital, set for 1/25/10