• Has anyone experienced what they felt was less than adequate care because of inability to pay with no insurance ?

    Asked by Emory on Wednesday, March 21, 2012

    Has anyone experienced what they felt was less than adequate care because of inability to pay with no insurance ?

    4 Answers from the Community

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    • gdytko's Avatar

      Hello Emory, I was fortunate to have insurance during the chemo, radiation, and the surgery. I knew it was going to run out, because I couldn't work anymore. Right now I have no insurance, since January and I won't have any until the middle of the year. You can get coverage with a Pre existing condition, but it will cost you $. Through a web site at (www.pcip. gov) it's not as much as cobra though. Telling my pain management doctor about this she got disgusted and upset about the price I was paying, just to see her is $100.00, the price of the prescription is $175.00 and when I get the bill, it is $200.00. This is per month and on only my pain medication. She was working with me and we were trying to figure out a way to make it less for me. Unfortunately, there is nothing else I can do for that because it is a strong pain medication. I have a discount card and that saves me $50.00. I'm due for a CT Scan, and there is no way I can afford that. It will have to wait another three months. I'm just rolling the dice. The good thing though is, since I had mentioned that I have no insurance to the doctors, is that in some way they are willing and try to lower the cost and offer something and resources that may be out there to help.

      Make it known that you have to pay cash, and ask the local clinics and hospitals about any resources that may help you in this situation. Your not alone, even at the bottom of this page is a link to search resources from the American Cancer Society.

      I wish you well,

      over 4 years ago
    • PPaseka's Avatar

      This is what is so sad about this country. When someone is in the fight of there life, one should not have to worry about paying. We are the richest nation in the world. I do not believe in socialized medicine nor do I believe that Obama care is the answer. I do believe though, that if docotrs were doing like in the past, taking care of patients regardless of ability to pay. Medicine used to be calling and you treated all people, not just the ones that can afford it. The philosophy used to be that treating patients for the greater good regardless of abilty to pay, was just the price of doing business.

      over 4 years ago
    • markmather's Avatar

      When I was diagnosed in 2010 I didn't have health insurance and was making too much to get on a state health plan. So I quit my job and applied and got the state insurance with much concern that I wouldn't receive the quality treatment others got. There were moments when I questioned my care but overall I received the same treatment as everyone else. I realized it was just me thinking I wasn't getting the good care and got over it by instilling a positive attitude and a willingness to survive. Good luck and keep the faith.

      over 4 years ago
    • susie81610's Avatar

      Also talk to the hosp they had a program called Cancer something? where I go and they took all the bills I owed and wrote them off. I'm not sure how much it was but I'm sure it was a large amount. They will only do it once but I'm not getting bombed with bills anymore. So talk to the Cancer Social Worker at the hosp and see what they can help you with that is their job to be there to help people. Good Luck.

      over 4 years ago

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