• How many of you are finding the costs for anything to do with cancer, treatments, even office calls are out of reach?

    Asked by NorthernSnowB on Tuesday, December 10, 2019

    How many of you are finding the costs for anything to do with cancer, treatments, even office calls are out of reach?

    This article from Forbes talks about the choices we have to make as cancer patients.

    Death Or Debt? Cancer Patients Are Presented With An Unimaginable Choice

    Nick Stump is a bit of a local legend in the Louisville blues music scene. An Eastern Kentucky native, he is known for his sharp wit and he can often be caught mesmerising audiences as he plays his guitar at a variety of local and regional clubs and sound studios. However, like a few too many Americans, Stump has battled medical bills pilling up
    Read the rest here https://www.forbes.com/sites/claryestes/2019/12/04/death-or-debt-cancer-patients-are-presented-with-an-unimaginable-choice/#2b44a61d3d36

    4 Answers from the Community

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    • JaneA's Avatar
      JaneA

      My company "forced" me to quit by putting me on a performance improvement plan just 30 days after my last chemo. Someone in their 30's couldn't have done what they asked me to do in terms of travel in my territory. I resigned rather than face the stress of the termination process.

      Fortunately, I was old enough to begin taking my Social Security. But our budget is tight. Even while working, I had to get copay assistance because each chemo session had a 20% copay of over $750. What working American has that much disposable income?

      I am now 5 years out from my diagnosis, and you're right. An office visit to my surgeon and to my oncologist is $45. I'm grateful to be alive and doing well so I try not to dwell on the financial consequences of my illness.

      about 1 month ago
    • GregP_WN's Avatar
      GregP_WN

      For the two most recent surgical procedures one was 24,000 for outpatient surgery to remove an impacted wisdom tooth. The second was a scope of my throat with biopsy. That was estimated to be 25,000. It's wildly out of control. I have another surgery coming up in a month or so with 4 or 5 days in the hospital. There's no telling what it will be. I have private insurance that will only pay around half of most bills. This broken healthcare system is killing people.

      about 1 month ago
    • Julesmom's Avatar
      Julesmom

      There is no telling how much my insurance company has spent. I'm sure it's in the millions. I have had multiple stays in the hospital that were 9 and 10 days. those were 200K or so. If not for insurance I would have died long ago, I'm sure of it.

      about 1 month ago
    • Molly72's Avatar
      Molly72

      It is a crime that our government has/is doing nothing to put a stop to this criminal behavior by the insurance companies, the health care industry, and the drug companies.

      We all, especially on this site, have our horror stories to tell. We can't afford doctor visits, expensive drugs, certain tests, or our outrageous health insurance.

      I don't have the answer, but I sure know who I will vote for!

      about 1 month ago

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