You've been diagnosed with cancer, and now you're wondering: How am I going to pay for my care?
This is the scenario for so many people. Even if you have health insurance, it can be hard to cover the cost of cancer treatment. This financial burden is called "financial toxicity." It adds stress to an already difficult time and may force you to sacrifice treatment to pay for bills and other basic needs for yourself and your family.
Financial toxicity in healthcare
Financial toxicity is an issue that is becoming more common due to the rising cost of medicines, high out-of-pocket expenses and lost wages during care. Because financial toxicity may affect your treatment outcome, it is important for financial advocacy to be part of your cancer treatment plan.
Financial advocacy helps you understand your insurance coverage and out-of-pocket expenses. If you're eligible, it can also help you find grants, pharmaceutical co-pay cards and charity support.
Financial advocacy at The Christ Hospital Health Network
The cancer care providers at The Christ Hospital Health Network now offer financial advocacy services to tackle the issue of financial toxicity.
"Providing financial advocacy services is one of the most important things we can do for our patients and their families," said Kristina Wilber, supervisor of the Financial Advocacy Program at The Christ Hospital. "There are many financial resources out there, but finding them can be overwhelming when you are fighting cancer."
Our financial advocates can help you:
- understand and navigate your insurance coverage
- complete assistance applications
- find ways to pay for your healthcare if you're uninsured or have insurance coverage gaps
- find transportation for doctor's appointments and much more
"We want to do everything we can to keep our patients focused on their health and the road to beating cancer, not additional stress due to their cost of care," Wilber said. "Our financial advocates are there to alleviate as much of the burden as possible."
The Financial Advocacy Program at The Christ Hospital is available to all cancer patients. You can speak to a financial advocate at any of our hematology and oncology offices throughout the Tristate. Click to learn more about financial advocate services at The Christ Hospital Health Network. You can also call or email Kristina Wilber: 513-588-5695.