There are two new campaign groups starting out on facebook, gathering patients together who are struggling with hip arthroscopy funding issues, whether in the UK or US.
These groups will allow people to meet and discuss their cases, compare notes and hopefully find a way ahead. For the UK campaign there is also a councillor who is looking to gather FAI sufferers together and launch an appeal with the NHS for funding for hip arthroscopys for FAI sufferers. Her details are on this site and she is hoping you will make contact with her and add weight to her argument. Also there is a surgeon becoming involved and keen to help with the lack of Nationwide NHS funding. There is also a petition available to sign.
The UK campaign is at facebook groups, type in: "Hip Arthroscopy FAI" - campaign for nationwide NHS funding in the UK.
The US campaign is at facebook groups, type in: "Hip Arthroscopy FAI" - campaign for Aetna funding.
Sorry I am unable to provide links, unfortunately facebook currently block links.
News in Dec 2011:
Delighted one of the members of the facebook groups is doing brilliant work raising awareness over the Aetna row, please follow this link and joint the petition: Well done Ryan Herring Carroll! http://news.change.org/stories/why-im-asking-aetna-to-cover-my-surgery
UK: Bradford PCT will now fund hip Arthroscopy. However there are still many counties that don't... yet!
More brilliant news, I will quote Ryan here as a campaigner for FAI with Aetna:
Ryan Herring Carroll Aetna members... aetna just changed their policy!!! They now consider FAI surgery "medically necessary" if certain criteria are met. The petition campaigned I started on Change.org has recieved over 1000 signatures. In addition, I sent all of the research I had done to most major news outlets, TV shows, the American Medical Association, American Association for Ortgopedic Sugeons, senator, the governor, the Va Insurance Commision, etc. I also reminded Aetna of a similar law suit they were involved in back a few years ago. They "settled" in that situation, but in the settlement they outlined what the term "medically necessary" means. Anyway, Im so glad that everyone can have this now :)