After budget cuts, Indiana baby denied life-saving treatment

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Registered: 11-11-2010
After budget cuts, Indiana baby denied life-saving treatment
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Thu, 12-09-2010 - 3:53pm

I guess Sarah Palin wasn't too far off when she claimed that the government will start having "death panels".


http://news.yahoo.com/s/yblog_thelookout/after-budget-cuts-indiana-baby-denied-life-saving-treatment

An Indiana baby needs life-saving surgery, but the state health care agency -- whose budget was slashed this year -- won't pay for it.

Six-month-old Seth Petreikis suffers from complete DiGeorge syndrome, which keeps him from developing a thymus, an infection-fighting glandular organ. He needs a transplant that's been pioneered by a specialist at Duke University in North Carolina.

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Registered: 08-30-2002

Except Ms.



iVillage Member
Registered: 11-04-2010

It looks like it is indeed an experimental procedure based on Duke University's information about the procedure and the fact that only one physician in the whole country is conducting research on it.

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Registered: 02-15-2007

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Registered: 11-11-2010
( Do you or Sarah Palin advocate that the government provide unlimited funds to healthcare? )

I cannot speak for Sarah Palin, but I certainly do not advocate unlimited government funds to healthcare. Nor do I support unlimited government funds for unemployment benefits. (which seems to be the case these days)...but that's another story.

I am just pointing out that so many on these boards raked Sarah Palin over the coals for speaking of these "death panel" in the government. I believe they accused her of fear mongering and lying. Now....they all seem fine and dandy with the government deciding who gets life saving treatment and who doesn't. Weird how things change.

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Registered: 11-04-2010
Not weird at all. The policy of not paying for experimental treatments has been around for a very long time.
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Registered: 03-18-2000

It appears the child would not have fared any better under private insurance. Though I can't imagine having a child & not having private coverage. Maybe they were declined given the child's previous heart surgery.

>"After his open heart surgery at 2 1/2 weeks old went so well, doctors were talking about letting the boy, born in July, go home just three days after the procedure."<

http://www.nwitimes.com/news/local/lake/dyer/article_7a7a152f-3230-512c-8e6b-881082fc1221.html

Let's hope they can raise the money for the procedure....

http://www.sethbenjamin.org/

 


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(Doctor, I never raked Sarah Palin over the coals for speaking of these “death panel” in the government or for anything.

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According to this, to be nit-picky, it wasn't the state agency who denied the coverage, but the insurance company who manages the Medicaid care who denied it based on the state regulations for Medicaid coverage.

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