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Posted by Bruce on September 17, 2000 at 01:31:09:

I have spent many hours trying to determine if medicare will pay for the STN surgery and I am totally frustrated at all the conflicting info I have located. The consesus seems to be FDA will approve the procedure in Jan. Then the question is does it mean that medicare will automatically will pay for it. The rep. at Kansas U. tells me they are approved by medicare, but I have searched and searched and could find no evidence of medicare coverage. More than one person has told me in there opinion every state should all be approved or all not approved and that sounds logical to me. One more article I discovered that was written by Dr. Pahwa, the neurologist who will be the first doctor at Kansas U. to determine if you qualify for the surgery. He said "insurance coverage will be more difficult to obtain because the surgery is stil experimental until the FDA gives full approval. So who does a simple country boy like me believe? Frankly, I am getting tempted to cancel the whole thing. Any comments would be appreciated. Bruce

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