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By LESLEY ALDERMAN Published: August 28, 2009 NYTimesonline

"IF you watch enough television, you’d think that treating erectile dysfunction was as effortless as popping a pill and then whirling your partner around the living room in a romantic dance. Correcting erectile dysfunction, alas, is not so simple — and it can be rather costly. One Viagra pill, for example, the most common way to treat erection problems, costs about $15.

Insurers can be chary of reimbursements. And despite the fact that E.D., as the dysfunction is known, becomes increasingly common after men reach 65, Medicare Part D does not cover drugs for it."

Even among the name-brand drugs, which also include Cialis and Levitra, the medications do not work for about half of the men with E.D., says Dr. Ajay Nehra, professor of urology at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. He is also president of the Sexual Medicine Society, an association of health care professionals.

And yet, as it turns out there are other treatments for E.D. And some of them are more cost-effective than the brand-name pills advertised on television.

“There is not a man out there that cannot be helped in some way with his E.D. — even if money is an issue,” says Dr. Andrew McCullough, an associate professor of urology and director of Male Sexual Health and Fertility at the Langone Medical Center at New York University."

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Hank Alvarez
I hate to say it but I think the reason it's not covered by insurance or Medicare is because the powers that be think old people aren't supposed to fuck. And I'm offended by that puritanical attitude. Fortunately I have a compassionate urologist and occasionally he slops me some free samples. A bottle of Viagra is what a good hooker and a hotel room used to cost. Hank
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Roadie
My insurance, Blue Cross/Blue Shield does NOT cover the cost of my blue pills. Their reasoning? ED is not a life threatening health related issue. ED will not kill you. Some causes of it might, but not ED itself.

But the point in the article made about diet raises an interesting question. Dreamer has just started Weight Watchers. Because she is changing her diet, mine is changing too. It will be interesting to see if that change will change my erectile attitude. Stay tuned!
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