Please read-Breast Cancer Recovery

Mastectomy Bill in Congress

It takes 2 seconds to do this and is very important .. please take

the time and do it really quick!

Breast Cancer Hospitalization Bill - Important legislation for all women.

Please send this to everyone in your address book.

If there was ever a time when our voices and choices should be heard,

this is one of those times. If you're receiving this, it's because I

think you will take the 30 seconds to go to vote on this issue and send it on to others

you know who will do the same.

There's a bill called the Breast Cancer Patient Protection Act which

will require insurance companies to cover a minimum 48-hour hospital

stay for patients undergoing a mastectomy. It's about eliminating

the 'drive-through mastectomy' where women are forced to go home just a

few hours after surgery, against the wishes of their doctor, still groggy

from anesthesia and sometimes with drainage tubes still attached.

Lifetime Television has put this bill on their Web page with a petition

drive to show your support. Last year over half the House signed on.

PLEASE!! Sign the petition by clicking on the Web site below. You need

not give more than your name and zip code number.

http://www.lifetimetv.com/breastcancer/index.php

Click on the "sign the petition" tab at the top of the page.

This takes about 2 seconds. PLEASE PASS THIS ON to your friends and

family, and on behalf of all women, THANKS. PLEASE TAKE THE TIME AND DO THIS.

Good post! I just read about this the other day.

That is gross.

I signed.

I guess Lifetime is good for SOMEthing.

they need a bill like that for fixing compound fractures too. i had surgery monday morning, and i was ready to get the hell outta the hospital that afternoon, but those bastards made me stay 2 more nights!!! or maybe it was 3. i forget. anyway....

oh, this is for people that want to stay *longer* in the hospital? :thumbsup:

they need a bill like that for fixing compound fractures too. i had surgery monday morning, and i was ready to get the hell outta the hospital that afternoon, but those bastards made me stay 2 more nights!!! or maybe it was 3. i forget. anyway....

oh, this is for people that want to stay *longer* in the hospital? :busted:

hmmmm....I think Jat needs to kick you in your compound fracture for this post. :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

:cheers:

Seriously, if you were having a part of your body removed, would you want to leave as soon as you woke up?

Call me a p*ssy...but I felt neglected when I had some scope procedures done where they put you under...and I was still half unconscious when they wheeled me to the car and I was driven home...i can't imagine that after having a chunk of my body removed. There's a whole psychological side to recovery for something like that...do they offer counseling or do they leave you on your own to potentially find a support group or counselor?

Seriously, if you were having a part of your body removed, would you want to leave as soon as you woke up?

well, in my case, i just don't like to hang around the hospital. whatever the procedure is, as soon as i'm physically out of danger, i'd rather be home, but i fully sympathize with people that feel otherwise.

so is this a breast-cancer specific issue? and is it reasonable to target one particular procedure so narrowly? or do you think there's a general trend of insurance companies wanting to save money by reducing the length of hospital stays?

i can see 1347917987346917234 different bill each specifying a time period for every imaginable medical procedure. this seems to me like something that should be handled in a more general fashion.

True, but I think the part where it says "against the doctor's wishes" is the important part. If a doctor doesn't think the patient is ready to go home yet, the decision to leave shouldn't be purely financial. Besides, the unwashed (uninsured) masses are going to continue to use the ER as their personal clinic for every sniffle and scrape, so until they curb that, health care is going to continue to cost too much.

True, but I think the part where it says "against the doctor's wishes" is the important part. If a doctor doesn't think the patient is ready to go home yet, the decision to leave shouldn't be purely financial.

i agree 100%. my post was intended to do the following:

a) be slightly funny. to me, anyway. lol.

:thumbsup: point out that perhaps this issue is larger than just this one particular high-visibility procedure.

i would happily have let someone else have my last 2 nights in the hospital. although the food was pretty good, and you could get a yummy italian ice at any time of the day or night.

i agree 100%. my post was intended to do the following:

a) be slightly funny. to me, anyway. lol.

:thumbsup: point out that perhaps this issue is larger than just this one particular high-visibility procedure.

i would happily have let someone else have my last 2 nights in the hospital. although the food was pretty good, and you could get a yummy italian ice at any time of the day or night.

I knew you were being funny...to you. Which is why I used the smiley laughing guys. :busted:

I agree with your point about a general guideline. However, I am pretty sure that the diabetes patients losing limbs are not booted out of the hospital right away. I could be wrong, but I do believe they stay over for observation. I don't see why a leg getting cut off is different from having a breast cut out....course I may be biased.:thumbsup:

Besides, the unwashed (uninsured) masses are going to continue to use the ER as their personal clinic for every sniffle and scrape, so until they curb that, health care is going to continue to cost too much.

Exactly. :thumbsup:

Also, petition signed. It's enough of a traumatic event in so many ways, but then to be kicked out of the hospital right away? That is wrong.

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