Insurance and or money to get any thing done. I don't want this thread to go off on our total system and very economic current status and scenarios. But, since insurance coverage and expenses are relevant to our health and survival with this we need to have
You may lose your job (sadly for anybody) and probably your insurance because of that ,or your insurance co-payments could rise to unreal levels you never saw before, or insurance by your company my be diminished in coverage/quality to save money to in effect cut costs and stay in business. Who knows where this ends and gets better with insurance costs, coverage, and denials of coverage issues. I never researched the costs of all the treatments I was looking at years ago because I had great insurance and all my opinions, treatments, expenses were covered, even when I fired docs and selected someone else. That exceeded my expectations, I was waiting to see a bill or have them tell me you cannot seek that many opinions etc. I got 8-opinions and very pleased it was all covered.
The more I know of some of these treatment costs, the more I cringe at huge expense. If you did not have insurance you might have to sell everything you own to get a protocol, how sad for our society. So, costs and insurances is another variable we have to add into this mix. If you have the luxury (and that is what it is), to have decent insurance you have less to fret about and can concentrate on fight the disease and not on how do I pay for it, also.
There are some PCa advocacy groups that have in the past and probably still do help people whom have little or no money to get some type of treatments. So, there is hope and some compassion out there for those folks who have no where to turn. You would have to seek them out and learn of such.
Some people may have to consider going outside the USA for certain tests or treatments or drugs. Hey, it is a choice....you may have to make that call. The positive news on tests and probably treatments is they are done around the world. I have heard through the grape vine that you can get scans, imaging etc. in countries like India (they have English speaking doctors), Thialand, Japan etc. Costs savings can be as high as 60-90% less expense.
So ct scan and bone scan might only cost $800-1000 even adding plane fare and overnight you could still be thousands ahead. It is a choice....we need choices and options... Naturally you have to do alot of internet digging or networking to find out whom or where is worthy to go see, they exist is the good news.
Because of economic conditions, perhaps some folks that were waiting for treatments might have to rethink, timing scenarios to make sure you are covered when you need it the most. Not saying rush per se, but another parameter for treatments is on your desk. You decide if it is trash bucket or bucket brigade. I am pointing it out even though it should be somewhat obvious.
Dx-2002 (7 yrs. survivor/warrior) Its a journey but it has literally been warfare.