Health care providers should open up the conversation with their patients about resources that can help ease the burden of costly insurance co-payments for their cancer treatments, advises CancerCare CEO Helen H. Miller in the latest issue of Oncology Nurse Advisor magazine.
Many patients may hesitate to discuss financial matters with their health care team, Miller notes, even though their ability to cover medical costs is key to complying with their treatment.
Miller advises oncology nurses and other health care providers to talk openly with their patients about financial resources that might benefit them. The CancerCare Co-Payment Assistance Foundation, for example, provides qualified individuals with up to $10,000 per year in co-payment assistance for certain cancer diagnoses and treatments. The Cancer Financial Assistance Coalition (CFAC) is a searchable database that directs patients to other sources of financial assistance, locally and nationally.
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