Skip to comments.Man With Breast Cancer Denied Medicaid Coverage Because He's Not a Woman
Posted on 08/08/2011 12:05:35 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
For Raymond Johnson it was bad enough being diagnosed with cancer when he was just 26 and with no health insurance, but his shock was only aggravated when he was denied Medicaid, because rules say men are not covered for breast cancer.
Johnson, a construction worker from Charleston, S.C., is one of the roughly 2,000 men who develop breast cancer each year -- just 1 percent of all breast cancer cases.
But doctors say even though the numbers of cases may be small compared to the number of women who get the disease, what male breast cancer patients suffer is no less real.
When Johnson developed the lump, he said he ignored it, thinking it was just a cyst and wanting to avoid the cost of a doctor's visit. Besides not having health insurance, he said, his job for a small construction company does not allow him to make ends meet as it is.
But then over the July 4 weekend, he said, the lump caused an unbearable pain and he rushed to the emergency room.
"They thought it had to do with my heart, but I showed them the lump and they sent me to get a biopsy," Johnson said. "That Tuesday, I was notified I had breast cancer."
Johnson said he was shocked, because he'd never had health issues before, but more than that he was concerned about how he would pay for treatment.
"I get paid $9 an hour, I don't know how I'm going to pay for it," Johnson said he told his doctors.
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I believe this was settled. His insurance will cover it.
Who ever told this guy he was equal?
Unlike Left wing groups like Susan G. Komen, this group states that abortion and oral contraceptives can cause breast cancer.
Their authoriative booklet: Breast Cancer: Risks and Prevention states this, and is written by a PhD in Endrinology and a MD who is a Breast Cancer Surgeon.
This is a perfect example of a “cause” that’s been hijacked by lefto feminists. I’m willing to bet most people out there were/are unaware that men can get breast cancer, since POS front organizations like Susan G Komen censor info to suit their political & social agenda.
I have had experience with billing in my medical practice, a lot of it with breast cancer, for over 23 years and this story just does not pass the "smell test".
Medicaid eligibility usually is determined by low income and ability to pay. Almost by definition, if he was employed as a relatively well paid construction worker, he would have been denied Medicaid for financial reasons alone.
Once you qualify for Medicaid, I can see Medicaid denying a man breast cancer routine screening (because the yield would be too low to be cost effective) but, once a lump develops, that is considered a "diagnostic" test rather than routine screening and, once a cancer is diagnosed, cancer is cancer.
I can see, however, since Medicaid does not pay squat, for any condition, that his Medicaid payments would not cover the cost of cancer treatments.
How many Walk/Run events do we see with nationwide, widespread media,realizer, and corporate support for testicular cancer?
Women’s health is more important and/or women with breast cancer is more tragic than men with cancer... or so society would be led to believe...
Note this link is a PDF
According to that article, radiation exposure and oestrogen were found to be causes -- on the man's occuption.
For example, if the man worked with the manufacture of soaps and perfumes, that increased the exposure to oestrogen.
People may not realize that estrogen is a carcinogen in terms of Breast Cancer [more that estriadol is a carcinogen, but estriadol is derived from estrogen].
Thus, oral contraceptives that girls/women take can significantly increase the risk of breast cancer.
Additionally, the abortion link is because pregnancy stimulates the growth of type 1 and type 2 lobules, and then terminates the pregnancy during a time of high estrogen exposure and before the lobules have matured into type 3 and the final type 4 lobules...
See the Breast Cancer Prevention and Risks Institute booklet for an authoriatative discussion of Breast Cancer and its risks.
The head of this institute is a Breast Cancer Surgeon and person who teaches Breast Cancer Surgery. Also affliated with this organization is a PhD in Endrocrinology/Biology -- Joel Brind. He is an expert on Hormones and the effect on the human body -- such as estrogen and progesteron.
Dr. Angela Lanfranchi [MD, FACS] is: Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School -- Piscataway, NJ.
I believe she has been a Breast Cancer Surgeon for quite a few years [at least a couple of decades].
She is head of the Breast Cancer Prevention Institute.
Here is the impressive list of the board of directors of this institute:
Angela Lanfranchi, M.D., F.A.C.S., President/Treasurer
Mary L. Davenport, M.D., F.A.C.O.G., Secretary
Joel Brind, Ph.D.
John T. Bruchalski, M.D.
Jo Ann Gerling, R.L.C., I.B.C.L.C.
Jeanette R. Joyce, B.F.A., R.T.(R)(M)
Peter Mazolewski, M.D., F.A.C.S.
William L. Toffler, M.D.
Breast Cancer has almost become a cottage industry, because women have no issue putting it on stage as almost the worse thing to befall a human being in history.
Of course that is a very important part of a females body for 100s of reasons, and the cancer should not be diminished, but it does have the tendency to suck all of the air out of the room when it comes to equally devastating cancers in men, that cant be symbolized with pretty pink ribbons and soft photos of women with the emphasis on presenting their breast area.
Guys dont want to speak of that part of their body in public, and barely in private.
For the Home Page of the Breast Cancer Prevention Institute:
Pease read the last sentence. Does this qualify as a “relatively well paid construction worker”?