Let’s be real — cancer treatment is costly, but it’s an important investment in your health and well-being. We know health insurance and financial decisions around advanced prostate cancer treatment can be stressful and even confusing at times. The following tips can help you navigate the process and learn about additional options for financial help. And remember, the staff at Rio Grande Urology are here to answer questions and support you as you plan your next steps.
Take Time to Review Your Health Insurance
Look carefully over your health insurance and talk with your doctor and insurance provider about what is covered. How much is covered? What isn’t covered? What copays will be expected of you? Make a list to keep track of the associated costs, which can also help you create a budget. The more you understand up front, the better you can plan for what’s next.
Understand the Costs
Don’t wait until you’re in a tight spot to learn what you might be required to pay. Find out about the different costs, such as lab tests, imaging, hospital or clinical visits, medications, procedures, surgeries, or even travel. Confirm with your health insurance to see what’s covered, and set a budget for paying out-of-pocket expenses.
From financial counselors who specialize in navigating the costs of significant health issues like cancer, to government assistance programs and organizations that help support treatment costs for low-income patients, there are ways to help cover costs outside of health insurance. The upcoming 2018 ZERO 5k hosted by RGU is one of the ways we’re looking to raise funds to support advanced prostate cancer patients in need. Meet with your doctor and providers to learn what options might be available for you.
Talk About Options With Your Doctor
If finances are a concern after you account for health insurance and other financial support, ask your doctor about treatment options that may cost less, and whether those options are best for you. Remember, the most important thing is your health and wellness.
For questions about costs associated with treatment at RGU and how we can help, contact us today.