National Cancer Institute (NCI) - Financial, insurance, and legal information along with information on government-sponsored programs and other national organizations that offer financial aid for cancer-related expenses, including treatment, co-pays, travel, lodging, etc.
Low-Income Medicare Subsidy for Prescription Drugs (Eligible patients may be able to access brand-name drugs for less than $10 per month. CLICK HERE to read more
Needy Meds - a 501(c)3 non-profit information resource for assistance programs to help pay for medications and other expenses related to health care and provides free access to online databases for Patient assistance programs, disease-based assistance, free and low-cost clinics, government programs and other types of assistance programs. Also has resources for patient advocates.
Tips and suggestions from an Us TOO Inspire community member, Feb 2011:
Do not be intimidated to ask for a discount even if none was offered up front. Ask and then ask again if that is the best they can do. Ask for the billing manager.
Explain your total financial situation. Even if your bill with them is small if you are facing large total bills they sometimes have "catastrophic financial" discounts the billing manager can offer.
Knowledge is power. If you can find out or estimate what medicare/medicaid is reimbursing for the procedure that is a great starting point. Tell them you are paying out of your own pocket and so why should you pay more than a medicare patient would. I told them my starting point was the medicare reimbursement amount but that I was willing to pay 2x that to be "fair". they often jumped at that...even though it was still less than half the original bill.
Doctors are often happy to be paid anything at all and they prefer to be paid sooner than later. So if all else fails you can tell them that unless you can decrease the amount you will have to pay them $10 per month for the rest of your life. They often would prefer to get less and get it NOW than to get more and have to wait and chase the money down later.
More Resource Listings
Cancer Legal Resource Center (CLRC) - Provides free and confidential information and resources on cancer-related legal issues to cancer survivors, caregivers, employers, health care professionals, and others coping with cancer
Mercy Medical Airlift National Patient Travel Center
Partners with Angel Flight to Cancer Patients to provide charitable (free) airline tickets for cancer patients and their escorts going to or from distant specialized evaluation, diagnosis or treatment facilities