A cancer diagnosis often brings many financial concerns for patients as well as their families. Besides hospital and other bills associated with treatment, expenses may include those not covered by insurance such as transportation, medication and child care. At a time when loss of employment or income may also be a concern, the burden may seem enormous.
Fortunately, some financial assistance programs are available but may require some research to find options for which you are eligible. Programs are available for individuals who do not have insurance or who need extra help with costs such as prescription drugs, utilities and daily living. If you have health insurance, a good place to start may be to learn about your policy.
Our financial counselors and oncology social workers at the IU Simon Cancer Center or Riley Hospital for Children are available to help you with your financial concerns and identify assistance programs for which you qualify. Below are some additional resources, or you may call the National Cancer Institute's Cancer Information Service at 1-800-638-0742 and a representative can direct you to local financial assistance programs.