Wednesday, June 20, 2007

In Today's Mail - Mastectomy Bill in Congress

Insurance companies are trying to make mastectomies an outpatient procedure. Let's give women the chance to recover properly in the hospital for 2 days after surgery.

There's a bill called the Breast Cancer Patient Protection Act which will require insurance companies to cover a minimum 48-hour hospital stay for patients undergoing a mastectomy. It's about eliminating the 'drive-through mastectomy' where women are forced to go home just a few hours after surgery, against the wishes of their doctor, still groggy from anesthesia and sometimes with drainage tubes still attached.

Lifetime Television has put this bill on their Web page with a petition drive to show your support. Last year over half the House signed on.

Sign the petition by clicking HERE. You need not give more than your name and zip code number. This takes about 2 seconds.


3 comments:

Talia said...

That's too bad. The medical community should decide how such procedures are performed. End of story.

jenni said...

i signed.

Suzanne said...

Whoohoo Jenni!!

True, Talia, very true.