I am a breast cancer patient. North Carolina has developed a high risk pool insurance (not cheap). The program is administrered by WellCost, Inc.
I went to a dermatologist yesterday to get a yearly cancer check of my moles (I grew up in the south) and have a family history of skin cancer. I also wanted to talk to the dermatologist about Latisse - I lost all eyebrows and lashes with chemo and I wanted to see if the drug would help me look more normal.
The dermatologist I chose was "Aesthetic Solutions" in Chapel Hill, NC because they accepted MedCost insurance.
I was shocked when I arrived at the office. The dopey insurance lady acted a though her office needed a contract with Inclusive Health. No, he dice was cast when last August 2008, Aesthetic Solutions was given the option by MedCost, Inc. to sign a rider to their contract to include Inclusive health (and therefore uninsurable cancer patients).
Aesthetic SOlutions opted out of accepting the breast cancer patients as members of MedCost. However, it was very nice of MedCost to have a display of the Avon Breast Cancer Walk in the office. How ironic.
As cancer patients, we should be suspicious of any medical facility that poutright denies care to insured cancer patient - as such, we should be suspicious of Aesthetic Solutions in Chapel Hill, NC.
I recommend Cary Dermatology or Dr. Cynthia Gregg. We survived cancer - we need to be advocates for ourselves.