Cece wrote: There are people who sell their houses to get this procedure; I just heard this mentioned again on Facebook this week. It was by someone who excited to get the procedure but had to get her house sold first to pay for it.
In my 56 years I've seen almost anything so it would be pretty hard to surprise me but on a personal level I would beg, borrow or steal to get the best when it comes to an invasive procedure and not only is Dr Sclafani imminently qualified but his thread on thisisms has made him by far the most visible and approachable IR in the world.
It seems your point is that Dr Sclafani might have priced himself out of contention but considering his popularity and location in the most populous city and area in the US and close proximity to the (by far) most populous Canadian Province
( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Ca ... population
) and how hard it's been pushed to "stay local" makes the whole thing a little hard to understand.
hold on, i never said that there was less interest, i said that there was a misconception that i am overbooked. That perception is based upon many factors, the greatest of which are the noteriety of being shut down by someone who read the Wall street journal instsead of the new england journal, by a scheduling coordinator who decided not to answer 90% of the requests, and other misunderstandings like: "he is part of the PI group, isnt he?"; " i would love to go to you but i cant wait a whoe year", or "you were shut down again", to "he is just too busy for more patients".
Blue Cross Blue shield of New York's decision to not recognize the procedure didnt help either.
one could argue that it is just a lack of marketing or a slick website, or going on a tour of the country side.
i just chose to stay here and write a lot of answers and put together a couple of international meetings, and join and develop a new network of physicians who are treating.
Any way, i am sure that we are developing traction and that ccsvi is going to be mainstream in 12-18 months