Author Topic: (Abst.) Patient-reported outcomes among DMT continuers and discontinuers in MS patients over 60  (Read 79 times)

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Offline agate

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That's perfectly terrible! I hope it's not too late to get some legal help with this.

I don't think Medicare is concerned with how far you're traveling for medical care but I could be wrong. 

There are two MS centers in Portland, where the "big name" neuros are. One doesn't accept Medicare/Medicaid patients, and the other (the last time I checked) wasn't accepting new patients. Both are pretty far away from me but at least not in another town. I have travelled to other towns (suburbs) for medical care many times and Medicare hasn't  questioned it, but the whole system is so involved that what's true for one person isn't true for anyone else, or at least that's how it looks to me.

I don't much mind missing out on  big-name neuros. My impression is that the more renowned a specialist is, the busier he/she is--and the more likely the patient is to have to wait months for an appointment and to be treated in a desultory way during that appointment. But I've heard of many big name neuros (ones often mentioned in connection with knowledge and research) who take time with each patient and really do listen and take your individual needs and preferences into consideration.
MS Speaks--online for 13 years

SPMS, diagnosed 1980. Avonex 2001-2004. Copaxone 2007-2010.


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