Anyone who has had to deal with cancer knows the financial responsibility that comes along with it. Don’t panic! There are many resources out there to help cancer patients and survivors in need of financial help.
When dealing with the financial aspects of cancer treatment, you should first talk with your health care team and their billing department to see if they can point you in the direction of local financial assistance programs.
While there are many, take a look at our top 7 financial assistance resources for cancer patients and survivors:
American Cancer Society
Here you can learn about private health insurance, government-funded insurance plans, financial issues and possible sources of help, and other resources that may be available to you. It gives you a list of topics to get you started on your path to financial independence.
A national non-profit organization that provides assistance with daily expenses you may not be able to afford due to cancer, such as:
- Transportation to and from appointments
- Home care
- Pain medication
- Lymphedema supplies
Many of the other companies cover a wide array of topics compared to HealthWell Foundation. This group focuses specifically on financial help and is committed to helping people with insurance who cannot afford their copayments, coinsurance and premiums.
The Max Foundation
Provide free services to anyone who contacts them trying to help someone living with blood cancer or other rare cancers. Their team works both in the USA and across the world!
National Organization for Rare Diseases
Designed to help patients who are without insurance or are underinsured obtain access to life-saving medications.
Patient Services Incorporated
Provides resources for suitable health insurance coverage and assists with expensive copayments.
CFAC (Cancer Financial Assistance Coalition)
On this site you can search for financial assistance by diagnosis or by the type of assistance you need.
Cancer is stressful in itself, and having a large sum of money to pay back should be the least of your worries. Hopefully this list will find you on a path to financial freedom! We would love to hear if you have used any of these resources, and what your experience has been.
Do you have any others to add to the list? If so, please let us know in the comments below!
*UPDATE* We recently were made aware of an organization named Give Forward and felt it was worthwhile to add them to the post.
Give Forward provides easy to use fundraising pages so you can raise money for the people and causes who need it most. The goal is to raise the set amount of money, and once it is met, tell someone else in need. The great part about crowd-funding is that anyone can donate. Give Forward is just one way to bridge the gap between coverage and catastrophe.