From the Physician’s Desk … Weekly Blog!
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The Insurance Dilemma
Cancer is HORRIBLE!! Patients diagnosed with cancer face many challenges on the physical, emotional and psychosocial level. And, as if a diagnosis of cancer is not bad enough … imagine having to worry about paying for treatment! Sigh. Many patients do have to deal with that dilemma … patients who are uninsured or underinsured. It is cited that Medical Debt is the leading cause of bankruptcy in America. A recent article by Bloomberg (April 2013) in discussing Leukemia drugs states that, “Of the 12 medication approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) last year, 11 cost more than $100,000.00 annually.” They declare that Cancer Therapy cost is too high for patients. Would you agree? (to read article click HERE)
Click below for National Cancer Institute (NCI) cost projection for 2020
The cost of the drug (noted above) is in addition to the many other “areas of care ” that must be completed, as noted by the American Cancer Society (Click HERE for list of Cost of Cancer Treatment). It is a very indepth list! The list includes, but is not limited to;
- Initial doctors visits/consultations
- CT scans/MRI/PET scan/Bone scan
- More doctors visits
- Radiation Therapy
- Nutrition consult,
- post treatment anti-hormone or more chemotherapy treatments …
Phew! It is indeed a marathon. Hence why I believe, “No patient should EVER have to go through cancer treatments alone!”
Of course, one must also consider the very necessary follow-up care that is often overlooked by many patients and caregivers.
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LIVESTRONG provides assistance for those who are facing insurance challenges and help with:
- Finding assistance for uninsured or underinsured
- Finding assistance with insurance denials/appeals
- Accessing medical treatment and medical devices
- Handling debt and financial management issues related to a cancer diagnosis
- Learning about resources for financial assistance
There are many resources that may assist during this time of difficulty. I must admit, the work/research for assistance may seem overwhelming, but will be well worth it in the end! You are beautiful. Your life is beautiful. Every penny will be well spent!
Click HERE to access the more than 600 resources compiled by LIVESTRONG Foundation.
Ipsa Scientia Potestas est ——— Knowledge itself is power!
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