What do UC patients do that don't have health insurance?

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bellski
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   Posted 6/8/2008 9:01 AM (GMT -6)   
I was just wondering, since my medication is a bit pricy, what do some of you who do not have health insurance do to get the meds you need?  Is there a cheaper way to get them?  I do have health insurance at this time, but you never know what the future holds.  Thanks, Bellski
Lori (Bellski)-age 43 from Illinois
Diagnosed February 2008 with Ulcerative Proctitis, possible dysplasia
Currently: symptoms have subsided, awaiting biopsy results for dysplasia
Medications:  Asacol 400mg X 6, Cymbalta 20 mg X 1, Canasa (during flares) Vitamins:  Calcium 600 + D X 2, One a Day Women's X 1, Citrucel,
High fiber diet
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jujub
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   Posted 6/8/2008 9:07 AM (GMT -6)   
Bellski, a lot of the manufacturers have special programs where people in need can get their medications at a reduced rate. You have to apply and be approved.
 
For me, because I had such a long flare and don't particularly respond to the first-line drugs, keeping insurance coverage is one of the most important things. My Remicade costs $4000+ a treatment, and I couldn't use it without insurance. Then my only choice would be surgery, which I also couldn't pay for.


Judy
 
Moderate to severe left-sided UC (21 cm) diagnosed 2001.
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Post Edited (Judilyn) : 6/8/2008 8:10:33 AM (GMT-6)


hekela
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   Posted 6/8/2008 11:46 AM (GMT -6)   
i get my asacol for free thru proctor & gamble - patient assistance program.
my GI tells me i will probably also be able to get rectal meds thru the same type of program.

you have to apply and be approved every year and then they mail 3 months worth at a time. then you call for refills.
it's a huge blessing but i know i will need medical insurance in the long run.
29, happily married, stay at home mom to 2.5 year old son. due to have another boy 9/17/08
UC (probably pancolitis, but no c-scope yet), diagnosed June 2006, started having major symptoms sometime in January 2006, about 3 months after childbirth. 2nd flare (minor) may 2007 after taking caprylic acid for 2 weeks.

-Prednisone 8/28/06-2/28/07. and again may '07, 8 week course.
-Prayer! asacol, probio, ground psyllium husk, prenatal, folic acid, cal-mag

may you live all the days of your life.


bellski
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   Posted 6/8/2008 12:14 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you for the info!
Lori (Bellski)-age 43 from Illinois
Diagnosed February 2008 with Ulcerative Proctitis, possible dysplasia
Currently: symptoms have subsided, awaiting biopsy results for dysplasia
Medications:  Asacol 400mg X 6, Cymbalta 20 mg X 1, Canasa (during flares) Vitamins:  Calcium 600 + D X 2, One a Day Women's X 1, Citrucel,
High fiber diet
"I thank God that  I found this website!"
 


JerryGarcia
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   Posted 6/8/2008 5:48 PM (GMT -6)   
I don't know how you Americans do it. I'm always reading about how expensive the treatments can cost, I'd be bankrupt if I was paying for mine or even having to pay for insurance (which is about $1000 a month for me due to UC). I'm very thankful of the national health system here in the UK and my doc gets me all my probiotics for free.

The only thing I have to pay for is my LDN which I just bought off label from an online pharmacy (haven't started it yet though).
DX with UC Jan 07
Currently taking Colazide (allergic to Asacol and Pentasa) 6 a day
Also taking VSL3 X1 a day

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