May 1st, 2014
| Supporter: Brain Tumor
Asking the right questions could help save you money on cancer treatment. In this guest blog post, Martine shares the top 5 questions that you should ask about treatment, insurance and more.
When faced with a cancer diagnosis, patients and their loved ones come to realize that their fight will likely involve substantial costs, bringing about even more uncertainty and anxiety. Looking for ways to pay the bills can become overwhelming, especially in a complex health care system. While insurance policies dictate patient liability, choosing an in-network or contracted oncologist will reduce costs. But all too often, patients assume they have no options because relevant information may not be communicated or they don't know which questions to ask. Here are five questions to ask your oncologist that could help you save money.
1. Is there an equivalent, less costly alternative to the prescribed treatment?
2. Is the pharmacy cheaper?
3. What about samples?
4. What about financial assistance?
5. Are home options cheaper?
Some oncologists may resist some of your requests, while others may not welcome you questioning their decision and may interpret this as a criticism or lack of confidence in their ability as a physician. Reassure your doctor that your goal is to get the best, most appropriate treatment while making the process as cost-effective as possible. Remember that you have rights to the information and explanations necessary to make informed, educated choices. Being an active participant in your care can only help your oncologist help you.
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