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Man fighting Medicare for vital surgery

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(WTOL) - Bruce Reitman is a desperate man. Illness has taken his life away from him.

The 53-year-old from McClure, Ohio has a rare disease called chronic pancreatitis, and he wants a particular type of surgery that has the best odds of helping his condition.

The surgery he wants is covered by many private insurance companies, but it's not covered by Medicare - and Medicare is his insurance company.

He got in touch with Call 11 for Action because he feels publicizing his story might put pressure on Medicare to change its mind.

Investigator Craig Thomas spoke to Bruce and a nationally-renowned doctor who explains why this particular type of surgery is so important.