jerryhanson's Journey with Squamous Cell Carcinomas, Laryngeal a...

Patient: Head & Neck/Throat Cancer > Laryngeal and Hypopharyngeal Cancer > Squamous Cell Carcinomas

Patient Info: Currently in active treatment (initial surgery, receiving chemo rounds/radiation), Diagnosed: almost 9 years ago, Male, Age: 80, Stage 0

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    over 8 years ago
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    Health insurance issue

    Oh No

    I am currently living in the Philippines with my Filipino wife for six years, I am 71 years old and a US Social Security Pensioner. In October 2012, I checked in the emergency room for difficulty of breathing and immediately the hospital admitted me and performed tracheostomy operation on my throat to help me to breath. After that, a gastric tube was placed for my feeding. For more than a month. Biopsy showed that I have moderate squamous carcinoma, Unfortunately, I have been confined at St. Lukes Hospital here in Quezon City Philiippines and the hospital will not release me until I am able to pay my bills. I m undergoing radiation treatment presently. We can not afford chemotherapy and because I am not allowed to take that treatment on my bill, we did not pursue it. Presently, the hospital is pressing us for payment and I learned that Medicare can not cover me while I am in the Philippines. I am desperate and wanting to resume a normal life outside of the hospital but there is no way that they will release me with no payment; I have so far paid at least 30% of my bill which amounted to almost 20thou USD. My wife tried to call the US Embassy but was turned down. Please help me. I do not know anymore what to do and this is adding up more stress and pressure upon me and my wife. Besides that, because of the trach on my neck, I can not talk and just felt very helpless about all these. Please help me...God bless you all Jerry Allan Hanson PS I am also a US Veteran, but I do not know where to go from here to be able to seek help for my situation. thank you very much Please help me. God bless you all...