Join Early Retirement Today
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
No transplant centers in Nevada
Old 05-30-2009, 03:03 PM   #1
Full time employment: Posting here.
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Posts: 886
No transplant centers in Nevada

I came across this news story where Veronica De La Cruz, a former CNN anchor, is trying to help her brother get a heart transplant. Problem is, he lives in Nevada and is insured by Nevada Medicaid (can't get private insurance due to pre-existing conditions) but Nevada has no transplant centers. Apparently he's been turned down twice by some Federal Disability program which would allow him to get on a transplant list in another state.

Luckily for him, Trent Reznor of NIN's has been helping Veronica to get donations so he can just pay cash for a heart and they've raised over $850,000 so far. So he'll hopefully get his new heart anyway and soon.

But you gotta feel for all those people in Nevada that need a transplant but don't have famous siblings or help from rock stars to raise millions for their treatment.

So if you live in Nevada, don't let your organs fail! (or go get one made in China.)

Journalist/TV Personality Veronica De La Cruz Fights to Save Brother's Life

Trent Reznor Raises Over $850,000 for Man's Heart Transplant - Spinner

__________________

__________________

Trek is offline   Reply With Quote
Join the #1 Early Retirement and Financial Independence Forum Today - It's Totally Free!

Are you planning to be financially independent as early as possible so you can live life on your own terms? Discuss successful investing strategies, asset allocation models, tax strategies and other related topics in our online forum community. Our members range from young folks just starting their journey to financial independence, military retirees and even multimillionaires. No matter where you fit in you'll find that Early-Retirement.org is a great community to join. Best of all it's totally FREE!

You are currently viewing our boards as a guest so you have limited access to our community. Please take the time to register and you will gain a lot of great new features including; the ability to participate in discussions, network with our members, see fewer ads, upload photographs, create a retirement blog, send private messages and so much, much more!

Old 05-30-2009, 03:58 PM   #2
Moderator
ziggy29's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: Texas
Posts: 15,612
Definitely something to consider before retiring in Nevada.
__________________

__________________
"Hey, for every ten dollars, that's another hour that I have to be in the work place. That's an hour of my life. And my life is a very finite thing. I have only 'x' number of hours left before I'm dead. So how do I want to use these hours of my life? Do I want to use them just spending it on more crap and more stuff, or do I want to start getting a handle on it and using my life more intelligently?" -- Joe Dominguez (1938 - 1997)

RIP to Reemy, my avatar dog (2003 - 9/16/2017)
ziggy29 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-31-2009, 05:07 AM   #3
Full time employment: Posting here.
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Posts: 886
Absolutely. I never would have even thought that a state wouldn't have a transplant center. I don't know about currently, but I think quite a few people used to retire to Nevada. What a huge nasty surprise to discover that if the need ever arose.

I wonder if other U.S. states don't have transplant centers as well? Something to consider.
__________________

Trek is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-31-2009, 08:29 AM   #4
Give me a museum and I'll fill it. (Picasso)
Give me a forum ...
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Posts: 8,615
Isn't one usually on a transplant list quite a long time? It seems that a judicious move to a location served by a list that has the highest probability of meeting your need might be in order when your need arises.
__________________
LOL! is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-31-2009, 08:57 AM   #5
Full time employment: Posting here.
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Posts: 886
Quote:
Originally Posted by LOL! View Post
Isn't one usually on a transplant list quite a long time? It seems that a judicious move to a location served by a list that has the highest probability of meeting your need might be in order when your need arises.
I suppose if you have great private insurance that is portable to other states, you could do that. Otherwise, you're screwed cause by the time your organ is failing, you'll never get private insurance anywhere else and I guess there are issues with Medicaid as well, judging from the De La Cruz situation above.

If you have some cash put away, you can get bargain rates on organs/transplants in China or India or other third world destinations.
__________________

Trek is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-31-2009, 09:48 AM   #6
Full time employment: Posting here.
 
Join Date: Sep 2002
Posts: 538
Quote:
Originally Posted by LOL! View Post
Isn't one usually on a transplant list quite a long time? It seems that a judicious move to a location served by a list that has the highest probability of meeting your need might be in order when your need arises.
It all depends on how sick you are, blood type, location, etc. UNOS has a system that dictates order of merit (so to speak). My son was on the list for 65 days back in 1998/1999. I was really rushing to get the insurance approval completed so he could be listed. At the time there was another kid same blood type, etc that was also trying to get listed. He was listed 1 day after Thomas and waited another 3 months past us.

I remember the hopsital telling us we are near Christmas/New Years so we should see some activity. That was a sobering feeling. I also remember looking at the averages and trying to figure out when it was likely to happen. They kept telling us it will happen when you are least expecting it. They were right 904 AM on a Sunday morning we got the call.

Needless to say we are very thankful and very blessed!

Tomcat98
__________________
JDARNELL is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-31-2009, 11:18 AM   #7
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
DblDoc's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Posts: 1,224
This is a failure of Nevada Medicaid. They should have in place agreements with transplant centers in nearby states to treat their patients. I work at a transplant center in WA and we get patients from AK, WY, and MN - and not just privately insured.

Transplant centers are very expensive and they specialize in certain organ(s) so you usually have multiple centers to cover all the possible types of transplants. Like all complicated surgeries they require a certain volume in order for all involved to remain proficient. It therefore makes sense to have geographic centers to take care of a regions patient population without limitations by state lines.

DD
__________________

__________________
DblDoc is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Largest U.S. medical centers? Orchidflower Health and Early Retirement 23 09-27-2008 11:44 AM
Anyone from Nevada? modhatter Life after FIRE 6 04-03-2007 08:28 PM
Transplant News Again MikeD Health and Early Retirement 5 01-03-2007 12:46 PM
Pancreas Transplant News MikeD Health and Early Retirement 27 11-17-2006 06:33 AM
henderson, nevada jolin Life after FIRE 6 02-22-2006 11:45 PM

 

 
All times are GMT -6. The time now is 07:44 AM.
 
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.