Help With Paying For Medical Expenses
FACT: Private insurance rates skyrocket in the US while patients struggle with out-of-control medical bills. (And, that's in one of the richest industrialized nations in the world.)
On top of overwhelming medical bills, job loss is an unfortunate side effect of long-term care. That means breast cancer patients have the extra added stress of paying living expenses while undergooing treatment.
Meanwhile, Americans faced with devastating medical bills are reaching out on social media, holding neighborhood fundraisers, or setting up online campaigns on crowdfunding sites to ask for help.
Another way to defray healthcare costs is through prescription assistance programs for help in paying for breast cancer drugs.
You may also want to look into breast cancer freebies sponsored by a network of volunteers and charitable organizations offering free care kits, breast forms, and even financial assistance.
In addition, check out other private and government programs that may also offer financial assistance with medical bills, prescription costs, and even living expenses :
The Pink Fund
The Pink Fund distributes short-term financial aid, for basic living expenses, on behalf of breast cancer patients who have lost all or a part of their income during active treatment. See if you qualify.
Breast Cancer Charities Help Now Fund
Here's another organization offering help with rent, mortgage payments, and other living expenses for breast cancer patients.
Patient Assistance Programs
The Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America includes an updated, searchable database of Patient Assistance Programs.
This search for Patient Assitance Programs is very complete and easy to use. There is a catolog that can be purchased, but the online information is provided free of charge.
The Medicine Program
This program offers to do the paperwork for submitting forms to Patient Assistance Programs.
Hill-Burton Free or Reduced Cost Care
This is a U.S. government program based on income, that helps to pay for medical expenses. Check the site to see if the hospital you use participates in the program.
The Official U.S. Government Site for Medicare Information has an interactive search for contacts to get questions resolved. Excellent site.
National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program
Clickable map to all 50 U.S. states offering low cost or free mammograms.