Are you struggling to pay for lung cancer treatment?
You’re not alone.
Most patients face higher out-of-pocket costs than they expect when they’re diagnosed with lung cancer. With cancer drug prices more than double what they used to be a decade ago, under-insured patients end up spending up to 30% of their annual income to pay for treatment, and insured patients spend about 11% of their income.
Thousands of people are forced to choose between using their life savings to pay for treatment, and delaying treatment, ultimately risking their chance of survival.
A 2013 study published in The Oncologist found that 24% of cancer patients didn’t fill their prescriptions because they were too expensive, and 20% of cancer patients filled only a part of their prescription or took less than the prescribed amount to save money.
Learn as Much as You Can Before Treatment Starts
Only 17% of people diagnosed with lung cancer are treated with surgery. Other common treatments include:
- Clinical Trials
Talking to your doctor or financial advisor may help you understand what your treatment options and the costs associated with them are. Waiting until you have financial problems is too late to start the conversation. Make sure you find out your options before you start any treatment.
Approaching the topic of finances may be uncomfortable, but not talking about it is even worse. You don’t want to be left in the dark and not know what you’ll be paying for, or how much it will cost you. Here are some questions you can ask to get the conversation started:
- I’m worried about how much this treatment costs. Can we talk about it?
- How much of this would my health insurance cover, and how much will I have to pay out-of-pocket?
- If I can’t afford this treatment, are there other less expensive but equally effective options?
- Is there any other way I can get help paying for this treatment?
- What indirect costs can I plan for during my treatment?
We Can Help You
At Pintas and Mullins Law Firm, we know the cost of cancer care quickly adds up and leaves patients feeling in over their heads. The time they should spend recovering is often spent worrying about becoming bankrupt.
Our expertise in lung cancer cases can help ease your fears so you could focus on getting better. We have won millions of dollars for our clients over the past 30 years.
If you have any questions about how we can help you and your family, call us for a free review of your claim or visit our website to talk with an experienced member of our team.