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When You Can't Afford Your Cancer Meds...

By March 3, 2008

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"I have stage 3 cervical cancer. I take 5 differerent medications a day, 3 of them my insurance does not cover. The cost is killing me! I am faced with with not being able to pay my car payment or stopping the medication. If my car gets respossessed, then I have no way of getting to the doctor or to work! If I can't make it to work, then I lose my insurance coverage. Is there anyone who can help me?"
Peggy, Ottawa, IL

Unfortunately, Peggy's situation is all too common. Not being able to pay for much needed medication can have a domino effect, wreaking financial and emotional havoc on patients' lives.

What most people don't realize is that there are many programs to help patients who can't afford drugs or care, like Peggy. You just have to know who to ask and where to look. There is even help for those who have insurance coverage and can't afford co-pays or drugs that aren't covered by insurance. Check out "Free and Low Cost Prescription Drug Assistance", where you will find information on programs that can help.

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March 4, 2008 at 11:46 am
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March 26, 2008 at 2:14 pm
(2) jane says:

Peggy’s situation is absolutely shocking to a reader from the UK where health care is FREE at the point of use to ALL.Should n’t you be campaigning for some form of social health system?

April 2, 2008 at 9:39 pm
(3) Jean Marie Heberlein says:

Dear Peggy,

I am so sorry to hear about your cancer, and you inability to pay for your medication. Contact your local American Cancer Society. Regardless of income, they can help with up to $300. a year for prescription medication related to your cancer. Your pharmacist, and Dr. (Oncologist) do the paperwork, it will take up to a week or two to get set up but it does help. My husband is in Stage 4 lung cancer, he can no longer work and is on SSDI, The $300. does go fast as his meds are very expensive, but it does help a bit. We often get angry when we hear that millions of dollars are raised for cancer research, but the fund for the actual cancer patients are families are small to none. I hope this info helps. Also, Cancercare can help with up to $125. a year if you make less than $54,000. So far these are the only two organizations that have helped us. Again, it’s not much, but it’s something. Good Luck to you. I hope this information is helpful to you. God Bless You Peggy, Sincerely Jean and Bob

April 2, 2008 at 10:21 pm
(4) Glenn says:

Dear Peggy,
I’m very sorry to hear your situation. If I were you, I’d contact your car finance company to see if they can offer any kind of relief, ie refinance, skip a payment, lower payments.
Good luck

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