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i am a family physician who was diagnosed with
early mild cognitive impairment(mci) amnestic type on december 21, 2010
this is a precursor to alzheimers disease
because of this diagnosis i have opted to stop practicing medicine
this blog will be about my journey with this disease
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Friday, June 30, 2023

alzheimers news-a discrimination disease


an example of a discrimination disease is hiv
if you follow the history of hiv you can easily see why its called a discrimination disease

i was reading an article this morning and the writer called alzheimers disease a descrimiation disease
it was about a younger person with the disease that was paying out of pocket for one of the antiamyloid drugs aduhelm the one i have had 32 infusions of 

in 2023 the top discrimination disease is alzheimers disease
its a fatal disease like hiv was 
until recently there was no real treatment for alzheimers disease
now hiv can be controlled with medication and patients can expect a long life with treatment

with alzheimers disease there is a gradual decline until the patient goes down that slippery downward slope to slide into the abyss of the final stages of alzheimers disease

the fact that there has been no treatment and no real hope for alzheimers disease patients and the fact it happens in mostly older folks i think thats why there is disease discrimination against alzheimers disease

the cms or medicare and medicaid and private insurance will pay for an older patient with a likely terminal cancer to be treated with chemo and radiation to slow down the disease some
the patient will die from the disease just weeks or months later

the cms or medicare or medicaid and private insurance will not pay for the new antiamyloid drugs which is shown to slow down cognitive decline by 25-30+%
not a cure but it slows things down for awhile

i think cms etal would rather just pay for hospice and be done with us sooner

i do expect that when long term studies are done 5-10-15 years out from treatment that these drugs will make a bigger difference the earlier in the disease they are started
thats my hope for me since i was diagnosed and treated so early in the disease

now finally hopefully next month  cms or medicare and medicaid and hopefully soon to follow the private insurances will agree to pay for these antiamyloid drugs

that is
they are going to be less descriminatory against alzheimers disease
its taken pressure from the alzheimers association alzheimers patients and their families and finally politicians to make this happen

here is hoping that alzheimers will be removed from the descrimination disease category soon

the organicgreen doctor

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