Please help me - Issues with Mayo accepting Medicare Advantage

Posted by azaz @azaz, Sep 26, 2012

I have been severely ill for almost 6 years. My doctors recommend I be seen at Mayo Clinic for further testing & treatment by a neuromuscular specialist. When I contact Mayo Clinic they tell me they do not accept Medicare Advantage patients, which is my only insurance and even has out of network coverage. Even if I offer to pay the entire clinic cost out of pocket myself, Mayo said they would not see me. I am a person in my early 30’s who has been left mostly bedridden due to medical problems that need further testing & treatment, yet I cannot be seen at Mayo Clinic due to my insurance. I even have a Mayo clinic number already and the Arizona clinic is only a few hour trip for me. It is going to be very difficult for me to make a trip of that distance, so seeking care elsewhere at someplace even further away isn’t really an option. Plus, Mayo Clinic is where my drs. feel I should be seen. Mayo Clinic, your website states that your primary value is “the needs of the patient come first.” This patient desperately needs testing and treatment at your facility. I am begging you to please help me. PLEASE. If there is anyone I can contact for assistance with this or if anyone has any ideas that may help, please let me know. I would like to get the treatment I need so that I can be well enough to be a productive member of society again and be able to devote my life to helping others. Please help me so that I may help others. Thank you so much for your time.

Mayo Clinic’s Arizona practice sees many patients in traditional Medicare plans and sees patients from Medicare Advantage plans (MAP) with which we have a contract. If the MAP plan doesn’t have a contract with us, there are some exceptions, such as bone marrow and organ transplants. We encourage existing patients to enroll in traditional Medicare when they have a choice. To speak with someone in Patient Financial Services about your options, please call 480-301-7033.

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