"Financial Aid for Cancer Patients
Managing Debt Crisis, Health Insurance, and Financial Assistance
© Jamie McIntosh
Nov 11, 2007
Financial Aid for Cancer Treatment, Morguefile.com
Cancer places a tremendous financial burden on patients, even when health insurance is in place. Many organizations can help.
Cancer is an expensive disease to treat. Doctors, laboratories, pathologists, oncologists, and other specialists may send out separate bills for their services. Even if you have health insurance, your deductibles can cause out-of-pocket expenses to strain your budget. After you’ve received a diagnosis of cancer, you may want to meet with a social worker to help you understand the hospital’s billing process. Some hospitals assign a patient advocate to help patients navigate their health care system.
If you are underinsured or uninsured, you may feel tempted to let the bills pile up without addressing their mounting reality. Although denial is a powerful coping mechanism, you must not allow payment deadlines to pass without addressing a payment plan. Many government agencies and non-profit organizations exist that provide financial assistance for cancer care. You may qualify for free or reduced cost cancer treatment if you meet certain qualifications. Explore each resource in this article, and take steps to ease your financial concerns today.
American Cancer Society
The American Cancer Society has several programs to help cancer patients with financial assistance. The Hope Lodge program provides free temporary housing for cancer patients in treatment. The Road to Recovery provides free transportation for cancer patients within their community. Call 1-800-ACS-2345 for more information and referrals.
Hill-Burton Hospital Program
Hospitals that receive construction funds from the federal government must provide some services to cancer patients who can’t afford to pay for their care. Approximately 300 hospitals take part in this program. Call 1-800-638-0742 to find a participating hospital in your area.
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Sorry about your friend. He chose worldly possessions over treatment. You should be all for that. Freedom of choice.