Medicare is going to decide if it should start discussions
about covering Hip Resurfacing soon. I am explaining this in layman’s terms.
There are long processes that government goes through with technical terms, but
basically the public is invited to comment on what procedures will be discussed
This is a chance for all hip resurfacing patients and
potential patients to make comments to Medicare. I have been told that Medicare
listens to surgeons, patients, patient advocates and the general public. This
is an opportunity for hip resurfacing to be covered by Medicare. I have also
been told that Medicare is the benchmark for most insurance companies. If
Medicare covers a procedure, then normally most insurance companies will also
cover the same procedure.
If you have had a hip resurfacing and would like to
encourage Medicare to cover Hip Resurfacing, please take time to comment. If
you need a hip resurfacing and would like to encourage Medicare to cover Hip
Resurfacing, please take time to comment.
According to the Yahoo Surface Hippy Survey of 855
patients, 460 patients were in the 50 – 69 year old category.
That means most patients that had one hip resurfacing will
probably need another in the future. If you will be 65 when you need your hip
resurfacing, I am sure you will want Medicare to cover the surgery. You don’t
want to travel overseas like many of us had to.
I think Surface Hippies can make a difference if we all
take a few minutes to comment to Medicare.
I have prepared two letters that you
can copy and paste if you don’t want to write one yourself. They are posted on
the Surface Hippy Website. If you visit the home page of the Surface Hippy
Website you can find more information and the sample letters
The the url to the Comment Page on the Medicare Website is
Please take a few minutes to post a comment.
We can make a
difference and this is our chance to be heard.
The closing date for comments is
September 28, 2008.