FFC clinic opening Portland, OR

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by Danielle, Aug 25, 2005.

  1. Danielle

    Danielle New Member

    Hello,

    I know there are several of us from Oregon here. I e-mailed the clinic in Seattle regarding some information. They replied back and said they will have a clinic here by the end of the year.

    I may have to change my insurance coverage since I have Kaiser. I will be able to make a change in January. If I go to a PPO some of the treatment may be covered. I'll need to check on that also.

    I have been afraid to make any changes to my medical because I am on a contract for pain meds. I don't know if other doctors will honor the contract if I change. I have always hated the Kaiser plan, but have felt stuck with it out of fear of losing my medicine.

    It may be worth making the change now if I can get some help.

    Danielle
  2. gnanny

    gnanny New Member

    I read about someones great experience with the seattle clinic and looked into where the other clinics were but didnt see one coming to Portland. End of the year? very interesting. I also have Kaiser..and a pain contract for that matter. I chose Kaiser because I need some reconstructive and replacement joint surgeries and it will cover 100%. I am close to St Vincents where they work now too. hmmm some tough choices coming up.
    Thanks for the information Danielle.
    take care
  3. fivesue

    fivesue New Member

    I live in very northern California, so Portland is not that far. AND, the end of the year also isn't that far away! Please keep us informed about what you hear. Thanks so much for posting.

    Sue
  4. Danielle

    Danielle New Member

    I just found out that my Kaiser plan will offer a PPO option. So I may be able to go to the clinic and be reimbursed. I'll need to check and see what they will cover. They already cover alternative care so I may get lucky.

    I have some Kaiser doctors that I like and there is also the issue of my medicine. I may be able to go out of network and find a doctor outside of Kaiser that will continue my meds. Then eventually I can get out of the Kaiser system.

    I'm really excited about this. I'm always afraid Kaiser will miss something because I've seen it happen with other people. Now I will have more choices.

    Danielle
  5. gnanny

    gnanny New Member

    about Kaiser missing something else. It seems they dismiss everything to the fibro quickly. I have found so far their approach to fibro is to do nothing. This became abundantly clear when both my husband and I went in to kaiser seeking some relief. Our house had burned down and we lost everything. My husband took it very hard and was a wreck. I of course went into a major flare and could hardly move. Neither of us were sleeping. My husband got 3 meds and follow up calls to work etc to see how he was doing. I got nothing, zip, zero. Barely more than a tsk tsk. The only difference was my chart has fms diagnosis and his does not.
  6. Danielle

    Danielle New Member

    Kaiser almost killed my mom a couple of months ago. They had her on several medications at once and one of them caused her to go into kidney failure. I complained and now my mom is treated very well.

    With my having fibro I feel that I have a black list on my chart or something. I have to fight for any treatment I get. I've had the Kaiser PPO before and at least I'llbe able to go for second opinions outside of Kaiser, or find a new doc.

    My stepdad died of brain cancer that they did not detect soon enough. They just don't want to do testing or MRI's for some reason. Or send you to specialists until you're almost dead. It's very frustrating.

    Danielle
  7. gnanny

    gnanny New Member

    We had Kaiser in the past when the kids were little and I dont think I had any problems. I am not too thrilled with them now and thanks to your heads up about the FFC I may seriously consider changing this winter.

    Thanks again!