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cost of herceptin

pie
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Joined: Jun 2010

I have been researching herceptin on the internet and was astonished to find out the cost. Has anyone been on Medicare and supplemental insurance and taken Herceptin? Did Medicare pay? Did you have to pay for part of the cost? What an eye opener.

Sherlon Evans
Posts: 3
Joined: Aug 2010

I was told the cost was about 3,000 a dose, via the chemo doctor. I have medicare and their was no copay. I had three doses during chemo.The drugs taken for breast cancer is very expensive. I too was very amazed at the cost.

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BlownAway60
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Joined: Nov 2009

I am not on medicare yet but I know that the U of M is billing my insurance over $17,000. for each time that I get Herceptin. I have to take it every 3 weeks until Dec 10.

Chemo drugs are very expensive. Thank God I have good insurance and have met my catastrophic deductable for the year. I don't have to pay anything now.

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Donna

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Ritzy
Posts: 4384
Joined: Aug 2009

Hi pie! I am not on herceptin, so, I can't answer your questions.

Just want to wish you good luck and send you a big hug!

Sue :)

GregStahl
Posts: 188
Joined: Apr 2010

Taxotere, Taxol, Nuelasta, all seem to run around $17000. Prior to health care reform, I understand that the cost was below $10k....with the Health care reform and cuts to medicare and pharmacuticle Co's taking affect 1/01/10...cost skyrocketed.
On 01/01/2010 part of the medicare cut was $1.4 billion in cuts for chemotherapy treatments.

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cahjah75
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Joined: Jun 2010

my insurance statement online and it had my first TC chemo posted. My insurance was charged $4300. I live on the east coast. I am on disability but my insurance is with my husband's job. It is very good coverage so far.
Char

lizziejane
Posts: 69
Joined: Nov 2009

I'VE BEEN GETTING HERCEPTION SINCE LAST OCT., FIRST, WITH MY OTHER CHEMO DRUGS, AND NOW, JUST HERCEPTIN, I HAVE 3 TO GO. I HAVE MEDICARE AND PRIVATE INSURANCE, SO FAR, I HAVE HAD TO PAY VERY LITTLE, EARLIER THIS YEAR, I HAD TO MEET BOTH OF MY DEDUCTABLES AND MY BILL $345.00, THIS PAST MONTH, MY COPAY WAS 19.00. SO YES, BETWEEN MEDICARE AND MY BC/BS, THEY PRETTY MUCH PAY FOR THE HERCEPTIN.....

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carkris
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Joined: Aug 2009

dont get herceptin, but neulasta was 14 and rads was about 3k per treatment. i just got zometa that I will take twice a year close to 3k as well.

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