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Re: Pfizer Vaccine #1 - Nancy
Glad to hear what you have to say about City of Hope. I found them much more "user friendly" than Cedars and UCLA, where just getting a person to talk to you is like breaking into Fort Knox. However, I didn't find their financial policies any different from any other. You must either have private insurance or straight Medi-CAL. Managed care Medi-CAL is with Kaiser, Health Net, L.A. Care, and others, and no way covers nor is accepted at City of Hope. I had to buy her private insurance in order to have her treated there. Others, too, have told me they will accept patients without the ability to pay, but that is not what I found. People below the poverty line must get Medi-CAL, and it must be straight Medi-CAL in order to go there. We are having co-pays now, 30%, and the cost of some of the meds is sky-high, like the shots over $2,000 where her co-pay is $600. We haven't been billed a co-pay yet for chemo, but have seen a record of services last week for $22,000.