Anyone know what I should do?

Hey fellow Pacers... I have a situation that I am not quite sure how to handle. I sent my inquiry to a fellow member, then copy and pasted it here, frankly because this private message says it all... (hope you don't mind Valerie)
Thanks to all in advance who take the time to read and reply!

Hey thanks Valerie. I have been doing ok. Trying to keep busy with school, and physical activity., never heard of that but I will have to check it out.

Anyways, I recently recieved the remote monitoring device for my PM by MedNet healthcare and I was wondering if you had any suggestions on my problem (I will be posting a thread on this issue as well soon)

The transtelephonic follow up services seem to be a must for someone with a PM, but problem is, I dont have insurance..
VR (Vocational Rehabilitation) of Florida paid for the PM implantation, but of course not for the follow up. They are not an insurance company, just a means in which to reestablish ones self in a more appropriate vocation or career due to a disability.

I am a student now, (went back to school for a degree in Nutrition) and am quite monetarily limited... :(

They are asking for insurance info; otherwise send the PM Monitor thingy back.
In your experience here have you seen a similar circumstance, and if so what was the outcome. Is it really that important to do these monthly checks?

Thank you so much for taking the time to reply to someone you dont know.

-Greg Cannon-


Wishing you well ...

by Lou - 2007-06-15 08:06:12

Not everyone PM person requires a monthly checkup but checkups appropriately spaced for any individual with a pacemaker in a given year are important. While I am not familiar with MedNet and the insurance requirements you speak of re: the telephonic monitoring of your pacemaker, why not take advantage of your student status for low cost health insurance at the school you attend IF you can ... My Best! Lou

i don't use the phone service

by irissab - 2007-06-16 04:06:36

Hello there,

I've been told that all the phone service does is give a yes/no answer as to whether or not your battery is running low. I am completely dependent on my pacer, so when my pacer switches to battery saving mode, oh boy oh boy do I know it; so therefore the phone service is worthless. All the phone thing was for me was an expensive service that ended up costing me more pain and actually made one of my surgeries less safe (long story). Just be sure to go the the doc every six months.

I agree though, look into low cost student health insurance. Best wishes



by mytrose4444 - 2007-06-18 04:06:09

Sorry to hear of your situation I know the feeling i recieved my pm in 12/05 and also have no insurance but i only have my pm checked every 6 months at the hospital and yes i have a sliding scale state medical plan but it does not cover everything i still owe more than i even want to mention ,i am also in the middle of a appeal for soc sec and only working 2 days a week so its been rough but it seems like it would be cheaper to go thru the hosp for the checks maybe.Good luck

All great ideas!

by gkannon77 - 2007-06-21 06:06:20

I'll be checking with my school as many of you suggested, a great idea! I never thought of that, as the schools here seem to keep it hush-hush. Disability is a possibility, although I dont feel disabled... hmm
Anyways thanks to all who responded, I always check all my posts and messages, so any more ideas, even years later, are welcomed!
Greg C

Live in S. Fla

by 423battery - 2007-08-03 08:08:00

I don't know where in Florida you are, but if you live in South Florida-- Broward General Medical Center charges about $30 for a pacemaker check up with the company rep. If you live North of Dania Cut Off- you need to apply for Tax Funds.
Good Luck

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