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Sep 2, 2013 10:47PM
Their services aren't free. CCTA over charges insurance for any and all services provided. They just code it to make it look medical or has a medical purpose. I'm glad your mother had a good experience. But CCTA does cherry pick patients for their un-tested stats. They also are strictly profit oriented and will not accept you or drop you if you don't have the right insurance or the insurance limits are reached. They are quick to see you because they only make money if they get you in the door. They spend a lot of money on those ads you see and need them to get patients. MDA doesn't need to extensively advertise because their reputation gets people in the door. Also MDA shares their research to help cancer treatment for everyone not just their patients. However, CCTA refuses to share any new interventions they discover, if there are any because who knows since they are privately funded and don't have to have their treatments/outcomes reviewed by any oversight group. Sorry but I find them disgusting in their treatment of people that they don't want to treat. My personal story is when I was first dx my son, desparate for help, called them. When he found out that they wouldn't accept our insurance he offered to self pay. (He said he would sell his home and business if necessary). The "nice" lady there told him he would need to give them "money in the hundreds of thousands before they would even see me". They didn't even know my dx, what I would need, nothing but they wanted huge sums of money in advance. The "nice" lady then hung up on us. Yes, their customer service is great if you're rich or heavily insured with a insurance policy they accept. After doing research I told my son I wouldn't go to them if I had millions of dollars since they will do anything for money (even ordering tests and procedures not needed) and will drop you if funds run out. This is my opinion (which seems to be backed up with articles about CCTA), and I'm sticking with it.
The article about CCTA is at this link:
Another CCTA article:
Still another CCTA article:
I post this because people should know the true story of CCTA not the miracle commercials you see. Buyer beware! The sales pitch at CCTA is very similar to the sales pitch of a car dealer's sales pitch. I'm sure the public relations firm they hired to do those ads used all the same features of all products they pitch. Appeal to the desparation of people who've been dx with a scary disease, tell them they're there for you, and that they offer miracles no one else can. Basically, snake oil salesman like in the olden days.
Brenda - I am not this hair, I am not this skin, I am the soul that lives within. (Rumi)
11/28/2009, IDC, 4cm, Stage IIB, Grade 2, 1/9 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
1/18/2010 Mastectomy: Left; Prophylactic mastectomy: Right
5/25/2010 Abraxane (albumin-bound or nab-paclitaxel), Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxol (paclitaxel)
4/18/2013, IDC, Stage IV, ER+/PR+, HER2-
6/3/2013 Taxol (paclitaxel)