If you are uninsured or are insured and have high deductibles and/or co-insurances, you can call the hospital that performs the scans and ask about their patient assistance program. At the very least, they will set you up with a monthly payment plan you can afford. At the most, you can apply for assistance, and if you are low income, you might qualify for a full subsidy and pay nothing.
I'm on Medicare and my co-insurance for just one MRI is $300. I started out paying $50/month, then applied for patient assistance and was refunded what I paid and had the balance forgiven.
It's worth a phone call to your hospital's Patient Financial Services representive.
The Multiple Sclerosis Association of America (MSAA) has a program that helps pay for one brain MRI every two years for MS patients who are either uninsured, have insurance that refuses to cover an MRI, or are having trouble covering the co-pay. This program does not cover MRIs done for diagnostic purposes, you must already have an MS diagnosis to qualify.
So, kappalen, you need to contact this organization for assistance.
The Multiple Sclerosis Association of America (MSAA) has a program that helps pay for one brain MRI every two years for MS patients who are either uninsured, have insurance that refuses to cover an MRI, or are having trouble covering the co-pay. This program does not cover MRIs done for diagnostic purposes, you must already have an MS diagnosis to qualify.View Thread
Well-writren article by Lisa Emrich, Healthcentral.com's MS patient expert, clarifying the types of MS, discussing the various meanings of advanced MS, and addressing the lack of conformity in term definition among medical professionals.View Thread
A recent study has shown that 47% of the MS patients in a group possessed the KIR4.1 antibody, which binds to brain cells and destroys nervous system tissue. None of the patients in the control group (those without MS) had this antibody, as well as patients with other neurological diseases.
The finding might be significant in developing a blood test to diagnose MS earlier, develop drugs that target this antibody, and spur further studies to investigate what other antibodies might also play a part in MS.
The full study article will be published in the July 12 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.
Currently there is only one FDA-approved treatment for SPMS. Novantrone, originally a cancer chemotherapy, is an infusion therapy performed once every three months for up to 24 months for the treatment of Secondary-Progressive MS.View Thread
Though it is for MS professionals, patients can register, too. A Novartis-sponsored MS site with excellent learning tools and links to Neurology Review, NINDS, and the top three MS organizations. Take the quizzes and learn lots about studies of grey and white matter damage, the effect of exercise on our disease, cognitive function, and lots more.
Scroll down to the bottom of this info-packed page to audio links and listen to the March 2 and March 3, 2011 teleconference audio clips with Aaron Boster, MD, an MS specialist with Ohio State University.
He explains the disease process with vivid metaphors and humor, as well as the mechanisms of our interferon and Copaxone therapies. He caps it with a description of pipeline therapies and a Q & A with callers. His explanations are thorough and easy to understand, I learned something from listening to him and I consider myself well-informed.
Not sure where to start searching for answers to your health questions? The Medical Library Association (MLA) provides the top ten most useful and reliable health websites, as well as tips for saving time plowing through the many links that appear with your searches and evaluating the credibility of those you read.View Thread