Remicade infusions cost

How much do you pay for your remicade and infusion
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Patient zero
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   Posted 11/22/2011 8:37 PM (GMT -7)   
After reading other folks costs for infusions on. Remicade as a canadian who pay nothing at all it's included with our health plan I am shocked to see people paying $3300 for 1 infusion state side!if I had to pay that I would lose my home!why is it so dam expensive to be monitored and infused for 4 hours?Respectfully Patient zero

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   Posted 11/23/2011 9:01 PM (GMT -7)   
I don't know anything about this medication, but I think most of the costs associated with
having a infusion is due to hospital, nurses and ect...I agree that the costs are out of control here
in the USA and I would hope that anyone who needs this type of treatment can get it...
Others will come by with better answers...many well wishes to you Patient Zero and I hope this treatment is helping you...
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Patient zero
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   Posted 11/23/2011 11:02 PM (GMT -7)   
thank you

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   Posted 11/27/2011 9:45 PM (GMT -7)   
It depends on the hospital too. The first hospital I went to was charging $25,000 *per* visit, $21,000 of which was supposed to be for the drug itself. My insurance covered the vast majority of the bill (I had to pay $1000 out of pocket), but it still disgusted me that they were charging that much for the medication. The current hospital I go to charges me $6000 total including nursing costs and whatnot; I don't remember what the out of pocket costs are exactly, but it is a much smaller amount. I'm actually getting a higher dose now, and the hospital I go to is right in NYC (while the old one was in hte middle of nowhere PA). I don't understand how they can get away with overcharging that much...

Patient zero
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   Posted 11/27/2011 11:58 PM (GMT -7)   
in BC   ,,,British Columbia my insurance pays total of $6000.00 for 6 vials of remicade,,then i go to the infustion clinic and thats also paid by Pharmacare here,,i pay $72.00 per month gor the drug plan and medicines that are required,and yes it is working well for me im in year number 2 on this drug and get infused every 6 weeks,,,all the best Patient zero cool

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   Posted 12/3/2011 5:31 AM (GMT -7)   
In the US, the drug manufacturer, Centocor has a reimbursement program if your insurance co-pay is more than $500 for the medication (not the associated costs of infusion). It's called the RemiStart program.

After insurance covers it's part, the cost to me for just the drug is $729 of which I can get $550 covered by the Remistart program. They cover up to $4,400 per year but it seems that you can keep applying for extensions -- I'm on my third extension. It's called a reimbursement program but actually its a debit card that you can use to pay the doctors bill.

For the infusion costs, my insurance covers all but a $35 co-pay. It's still not cheap but $200+ per dose is better than $700+ dose!
DX: RA in 1981; OA, osteoporosis

Meds: Remicade, mtx, folic acid, diclofenac, fossamax, and various vitamins and minerals. Periodic cortisone injections and occasional prednisone
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