Ok, I have some cost questions,,and this may get complicated.
First my son has colitis , and a lot of you gave me great advice that I passed on to him.
He has NO health insurance because he cannot buy it due to his colitis. He has his own little business and he works alone. He was paying for all his meds himself and buying them from Canada because they were way cheaper.
Then he decided to go on Remicade. BUT....it was WAY expensive and there was no way he could pay out that much. One of the lovely ladies here, either Carol or Joy, suggested contacting Centocor,, as they help people with no insurance. We did,,my son qualified for the treatments... FREE... Remicade works great for him, and he doesnt take any other pill. All his sores on his arms healed up, and he has more energy. It is a true blessing.
Now for the question. If this health bill passes and he has to buy insurance, or get fined, will the insurance pay for this Remicade,,and pay ALL of it? He doesn't mind buying the insurance,,but if he does,,and it won't pay for the Remicade, what good is it. Then, if he does have insurance,,he may not qualify for the Centocor help. What a mess!! He is petrified he'll have to quit the infusions. He is doing so well...has no side affects at all.
No flu like symptoms,,no achy joints,,, and he is 41 years old. His business is physically demanding and he feels good now. I'd sure hate to see him have to get off the Remicade. It lowered his immunity to more normal. He doesn't take any extra vitamins or even a probionic,,he just eats pretty good. He is slender, and burns it off from working. I know people with pre-existing conditions may be able to buy the insurance now,,but at what cost? Did you know that you can buy Remicade from Canada at about $650. vial?? My son needs 5 vials, so he could buy it on his own
at about $3,250 per infusion. Very high cost to pay every 8 weeks, but still cheaper then what the Remicade costs here in America. Boy, is there an answer here? HELP.