Lung cancer is the most widespread cancer in the United States and around the world. Almost one-quarter of all cancer-related deaths in the country come from lung cancer cases alone. It is not just life-threatening. Lung cancer also can set your finances back for years, if not the rest of your life.
According to Value Health, “for a 72-year-old in 2000, monthly costs in the first 6 months are ranged from $2,687 (no active treatment) to $9,360 (chemo-radiotherapy), and varied by stage at diagnosis and histologic type.” In addition, “the greatest monthly patient liability was incurred by chemo-radiotherapy patients ranging across stages from $1,617 to $2,004 per month.” Lastly, “Costs for lung cancer care are substantial and Medicare beneficiaries are responsible for an increasing share of the cost.”
If you suspect that a business or another party played a part in helping lung cancer develop in you or a loved one, you can file a claim against them. Knowing what it costs to treat this sickness will give you an idea of how much you can get compensated.
What Makes Lung Cancer So Expensive
The cancer treatments themselves already cost a lot on their own.
The overall cost of treating lung cancer — or any other forms of it for that matter — is also high because of the prescription drugs.
Other Expenses to Expect When One Has Lung Cancer
How much it costs to treat lung cancer depends on several other considerations apart from the actual treatments and medications you will have. Some of these are as follows:
Other Medical-related Costs
Aside from cancer drugs and treatment sessions, your medical expenses will also include clinic appointments, lab and imaging tests, surgeries, and specialist consultations. Palliative, hospice care, and post-cancer rehabilitation efforts count into the costs as well.
Travel and Accommodations
Treating cancer as outpatients means you have to make frequent trips to the hospital or treatment center. You could find yourself spending much on train tickets, taxi or bus fares, or gas money. For some people who have to travel far from their city for treatments, it may entail plane flights and temporary lodgings.
Home Care and Living Expenses
You may still need special care even away from the hospital, which means you will have to buy medical supplies and hire a caregiver. You might also employ extra help to assist you with errands and caring for any children you have. Your condition could also require dietary changes, which can mean even more expenses.
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A Way to Manage or Recover from the Costs
Having an insurance plan is immensely helpful in covering your medical expenses. You will want to familiarize yourself with your insurance policy first so you know the extent of what the company will cover. Keep in mind that your health insurance may not cover everything, such as your travel expenses. An attorney who knows insurance law can guide you through filing your insurance claim.
Americans over 65 years old can request financial assistance from Medicare, which is a health insurance program provided on a federal level. However, you can only go to Medicare-approved doctors. Low-income people, on the other hand, can avail Medicaid, which can offer you free or highly affordable insurance coverage. As it is a state program, you should check with your local health offices first.
If you or a loved one acquired lung cancer due to poor workplace conditions or because of a business’s negligence, you could hold them liable for a cancer claim. Should you win, the other party has to pay for the damages they caused, including medical bills, therapy, lost wages, and other expenses resulting from your cancer.
Additionally, recording all your cancer-related spendings helps you keep track of your finances. It will give you better ideas on how to budget your money better for future expenses.
Contact Pintas & Mullins Law Firm for Legal Assistance
The cost to treat lung cancer can get quite expensive and could financially impact your family for many years to come. If you struggle to make ends meet, know that you can get legal support and justice. Our lawyers can assist you in reaching the settlement you are entitled to.
If you have any concerns with your claim, you can contact us anytime at (800) 794-0444.