6 Resources to Help Pay for Your Cancer Care

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The other experts on the Dr. Oz site have all sorts of great advice about how to prevent and cure cancer. As a consumer advocate and non-physician, I want to talk about how to pay for it.

We all deserve a chance to recover from cancer and that includes financial recovery from healthcare costs that can easily run into the hundreds of thousands. Here are six resources that can help you pay for various aspects of cancer care.

1. Copays: The HealthWell Foundation provides financial assistance to eligible individuals to cover coinsurance, copayments, health care premiums and deductibles for certain therapies.

2. Medication: The Patient Network Access Foundation helps under-insured people facing a critical or life-threatening illness with co-payment assistance for medications.

3. Travel: Angel Airline Samaritans facilitates no-cost or reduced rate commercial airline tickets for cancer patients and their families who need to travel to another city for specialized treatment.

4. Lodging: The American Cancer Society’s Hope Lodge offers cancer patients and their caregivers a free place to stay when traveling and receiving treatment away from home.

5. Cleaning: Depression can be a side effect of serious illness and having your home in shambles around you makes it worse. That’s why Cleaning for a Reason came to be It’s a nonprofit that provides free housecleaning services for cancer patients.

6. Insurance: An Associated Press survey showed many of the nation’s top cancer hospitals are not covered by Obamacare plans. This is where “cancer insurance”could be viable. I don’t recommend it to everybody, because it is usually more expensive than general health insurance, but if you have a strong family history of cancer, it’s worth some research. CancerInsurance.com lets you shop and compare among different critical illness policies.