My wife and I will be moving to the Cambridge area from the United States early next year. I’ve been getting treatment for M.S. for the last three years (late 2010) – 2 years on Copaxone, and now 7 months on Tysabri when the lesions in my brain showed increased activity, despite the Copaxone.
We’re in the process of figuring out what a move from the U.S. health system to the U.K. system means and are currently confronted with 2 prevailing concerns:
Seeing as how Tysabri infusions are strictly scheduled for every 4 weeks, will I be able to find a doctor in advance of arrival in the U.K. who will be willing to send me to a Tysabri infusion in time for my next infusion? How do I find an M.S. doctor in time to set this up from across the Atlantic?
Does the U.K. health care system cover the cost of medications or should we keep our American health care policies to cover it?
There will be a torrent of more questions as things progress with our move, but these are the first 2 to pop up. We’d be grateful for any advice that anyone can provide. We know very little about the health care system we’ll be headed in to and are in the early stages of our homework.