Jan 31, 2012 - 1:14 pm
I am wondering if when your loved one had cancer, did you sweat over the bills for their treatment? I wanted my wife to get the best care, and I believe she did. However, it was sobering when I saw bills for her chemotherapy alone that averaged $50,000 per treatment.
She was covered on my group plan thru my employer and the most we ever had to pay out of pocket was $3500 a year. I considered that a bargain. I don’t know what we would have done had I lost my job, and there were times when it was close!
At the time I was so focused on her treatment I did not think about the possibility of losing benefits, but now when I reflect, I realize how dependent we were on my employer to keep my benefits in place.
Avastin is one expensive drug; one dose I think was about $7500. And then we had to be careful because I could have administered some of the drugs to her myself, (RN) without having to go to the clinic which wore on her, but then the insurance company would not have paid for it, so I made sure we got to the clinic and had it administered there.
I don’t see it changing in the near future.