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Tue Mar 12 2002 21:56:48 PST

Treatment Costs


Overview

Fortunately I have great health insurance and am incurring minimal out-of-pocket expenses. I have noticed though that the underlying costs of cancer treatment can be quite high. Therefore I have decided to track and document the costs associated with my treatment.

Please be aware that costs vary widely depending on location (I live just outside Dallas, Texas), health coverage, and health providers. Also financial assistance is available from various government and non-profit organizations. Don't reject the right treatment just because it is costly. It may be less expensive for you than someone else in different circumstances.

The following tables summarize the costs associated with my Hodgkin's. I have summarized my out of pocket expenses, the negotiated costs (what is actually paid to the providers), and the full cost (what the provider would bill a patient outside of a health plan).



Pre-Treatment Costs:

    PROCEDURE MY COST NEGOTIATED COST FULL COST
    Doctor Visits $60 $2,637 $3,959
    Pharmacy $0 $5 $5
    Gallium Scans $0 $1,752 $2,230
    MUGA Scan $0 $715 $894
    CT Scans $0 $3,692 $4,929
    Biopsy $0 $7,703 $10,532
    Porta-Cath $0 $6,106 $6,933
    TOTALS $60 $22,196 $28,775

Treatment Costs:

    PROCEDURE MY COST NEGOTIATED COST FULL COST
    Doctor Visits
    (Incl. Chemo)
    $660 $45,087 $61,063
    Pharmacy $132 $1,323 $1,323
    PFT &
    MUGA Scans
    $0 $1,941 $2,955
    MUGA Scan $0 $715 $894
    X-Rays, CT and
    Gallium Scans
    $0 $14,375 $21,352
    TOTALS $792 $62,726 $86,693

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