Managing Medical Costs


Cancer care can cost a lot! We don’t often think twice about going to the doctor and paying for it when it’s covered by insurance.

However, an illness like colorectal cancer means you’ll be visiting the doctor a lot and taking several medications. Don’t be surprised by un-covered costs. Stay on top of your medical bills and insurance payments so you know where things stand. If you don’t have insurance or if you have a lot of out-of-pocket expenses like co-pays, there are groups listed below who can help.

Need help managing costs? Download our Managing Medical Costs worksheet.

General questions about the medical costs of cancer

  • What will my expenses be for my treatment, based on my insurance?
  • Does my health insurance company need to approve any or all treatments before I begin?
  • Is the treatment facility that you recommend part of my health plan’s network?
  • If I need to be admitted to the hospital, what is covered under my health insurance?
  • Is there a co-pay for each individual treatment?
  • Who can I talk with when I have billing questions?

Cancer Cost Resources

Frankly Speaking About Cancer®

Frankly Speaking about Cancer:  Coping with the Cost of Care is a free publication by the Cancer Support Community that can help guide you through the financial impact of cancer care. Get more info about Coping with the Cost of Care.

The Patient Advocate Foundation

This organization offers free publications such as the Co-Pay Relief Program Brochure or their Colorectal CareLine Brochure, or one-on-one assistance through their hotline: 800.532.5274. They also provide co-payment assistance, help find care for people who are un- or under-insured, and assist with insurance appeals. Read more.

Content medically-reviewed by members of the Fight Colorectal Cancer Medical Advisory Board, February 2014

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