I finally reached the conclusion that I needed the Enbrel since nothing else (in pill form, i.e. Arava, Imuran, etc.) was working.
I have Oxford insurance and WITH health insurance coverage, the cost for 4 syringes (1 mos. worth, I'm supposed to take 1 injection per week) is $656!!!! There is NO WAY I can afford that amount per month!
Also, I was recently prescribed Celebrex. Again, an exorbitant cost. WITH health insurance, a month's supply cost $100 (60 pills, I'm supposed to take 2 per day).
For those of you on Enbrel and Celebrex, how do you afford it? Are there health insurance companies that give better coverage? If so, which ones? I purchase my health insurance privately so I guess I could switch if there was a particular health insurance company that provided better coverage.
I understand there is no generic Enbrel or Celebrex. Is there any way to purchase it cheaper?
Also, another question, does anyone know if I will be rejected for AARP coverage because of the rheumatoid arthritis?
This becomes a bigger nightmare by the day. After I finally convince myself that I need to take stronger drugs because I'm in terrible pain, now I can't afford it.
Any solutions/options to this ridiculous cost??? Please let me know.