Can I Still See My Own Doctor If I Enroll in the World Trade Center Health Program?

By Hansen & Rosasco

The doctor-patient relationship is a very personal one, especially if you have been diagnosed with cancer or another serious illness. Many first responders, recovery workers, and others who have been diagnosed with 9/11-related illnesses first find out about their condition through their own doctor. Many of those people, if given the choice, would prefer to continue seeing their personal physician for treatment going forward. If you are one of the thousands of people diagnosed with cancer or other conditions arising from your presence at or near the World Trade Center, you can continue to see your own doctor. However, whether the costs of your treatment will be covered by the World Trade Center Health Program (WTCHP) will depend on whether your physician is affiliated with the program.

As a preliminary matter, if you have been diagnosed with an illness that you believe is related to 9/11 and you haven’t already enrolled in the WTCHP, you should do so immediately. Enrolling in the WTCHP is the first step towards receiving no-cost medical screening and treatment for covered conditions. You can apply by calling 1-888-982-4748 or we invite you to call the 9/11 victim compensation attorneys at Turley Hansen to assist you.

Once you become a WTCHP member, and once your condition is certified as a WTC-Related Health Condition, you can begin receiving treatment through the program.

But the free care and treatment you receive is only for that provided through the WTCHP. Although you may continue to see your personal physician, if he or she is not affiliated with the WTCHP, any treatment or services you receive from him or her will not be reimbursed by the WTCHP.

If your current doctor is affiliated with the program, you can continue seeing him or her at no cost. If your doctor is not affiliated, it is possible that they may become affiliated and they should contact your Clinical Center of Excellence (CCE) to begin that process. If you do not know which CCE you are with, you should contact the WTCHP call center at 1-888-982-4748.

For those in the New York metropolitan with 9/11-related cancer and other illnesses, you can receive treatment and care at one of seven CCEs, many of which have clinics at multiple locations throughout New York and New Jersey. For example, Memorial Sloan Kettering is an in-network provider with the WTCHP.

For those outside of New York, treatment can be obtained through the WTCHP’s Nationwide Provider Network. You call 1-888-982-4748 to find a provider near you.

Just as your physician or other healthcare providers need to be affiliated with the WTCHP for their costs to be reimbursed by the program, you must fill any prescriptions for your 9/11-related illness at a pharmacy that participates in the WTCHP for the costs of such medication to be covered.

Turley Hansen & Rosasco, one of the country’s top 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund law firms, has recovered over $75 million in 9/11 victim compensation for over 1200 clients. We are the only law firm in the country that focuses exclusively on representing victims and first responders for their 9/11 related cancers, illnesses and injuries. Please call us at 1-855-WTC-INFO (982-4636) or fill out our contact form to schedule your free claim review today.

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