When You Have Cancer and no Insurance

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When You Have Cancer and no Insurance

by Miss_Betty_The_Mom on Mon Dec 04, 2006 12:00 AM

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What do USA citizens do to get treatment for cancer when they don't have insurance. My son went to Bumrungrad Hospital in Tailand to get treatment. He was there about 2 years and finally decided to come home and see if the VA would take care of him since he is a veteran who has spent all his money on treatment and was unable to work this year. The cost at Bumrungrad is less than the USA but it is not free and you must pay each visit or you can not continue treatment. The cost of everything is cheaper in Bangkok at Bumrungrad. For example: a charge for a visit to the oncologist in the cancer center is 25 dollars. A CAT scan with interpretation will be around $500 which is about a third of the USA cost or less. Mark had his chemotherapy down to about a thousand a month for weekly chemo. Contrast this with one man's expense of 16,000 a month at M.D. Anderson as reported in the newspaper for the fellow from Kansas who used to give away money at Christmas but is now hoping his savings are enough to continue treatment. Would love to hear from people who have found ways to get treated without insurance. You can read about my son Mark's adventures battling cancer at http://www.thenextadventure.blogspot.com/ Betty

RE: When You Have Cancer and no Insurance

by Rose1971 on Sun Feb 25, 2007 12:00 AM

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Check out the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Maryland. If he is placed in a clinical trial they will pay for treatments. My moms policy is exhausted and all options locally are also exhausted. We are planning on joining a trial and traveling as needed, probably every 2 weeks at this point. It is a pain but what else can we do? The same drug here (if we could find a doc to give it to her since it is still in trials for her type of cancer) could run as much as $30,000.00 a month! and that is just the chemo.

Also, if he is purely out of money and resources then Medicaid in most states will cover treatment. There is even a thing called Medicaid spend down that kicks in when your bills overwhelm your income. But they count resources and everything. They have a 5 year lookback, which means that heaven forbid he die, then they will sell everything and take their part out first. Leaving little of nothing to his loved ones. So be careful.

 Hope you find some answers and soon. Maybe others will have more info.

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