Covering Your Expenses
Cancer treatment is expensive — and not always covered by insurance. The cost of copays, prescriptions, hospital stays and travel expenses add up quickly.
Health insurance typically covers a portion of each approved treatment, and insurers expect patients to pay the remaining portion, which could amount to thousands of dollars if surgery is performed. Copays for medication, hospital visits and infusion of chemotherapy or immunotherapy may also add up to thousands of dollars over time.
Complementary therapies, such as herbs, nutritional therapy and yoga, can reduce symptoms and side effects, but health insurance doesn’t typically cover them.
Our Patient Advocates offer information to patients and caregivers about travel and treatment grants, cancer charities and government programs. Other options include mesothelioma trust funds, Social Security Disability and VA benefits claims for military veterans.