My health fund (Maccabi) denied me coverage of the Herceptin.
Before we go any further (and before anyone suggests we try to pay for it ourselves, or with donations), Herceptin costs 170,000 NIS per year.
The fund claims that
1. the "progression of disease" shows that the Herceptin stopped working, and
2. I am no different from all the other patients in my situation
However, there are two senior oncologists whose clinical experience leads them to believe that the Herceptin is still a valuable component of my treatment, and there is a research study going on right now to prove just that. Not to mention, most other patients in my situation are eligible to participate in this study, providing them with a means of receiving treatment, where I have none.
So, tomorrow I will start writing letters....
Meanwhile, anyone have any "protectzia"?
Please daven (or send happy, healing thoughts) for RivkA bat Teirtzel.
With love and optimism,
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