When you hear the word cancer, you can feel many things. Emotions may win over pain in a time like this. The only thing that can help is the only thing that can help—the right medication at the right time. Thinking about paying out-of-pocket for a medication that will save my life was not something I was ready for. Hearing words like carcinoma and malignant cell—words for other people, not for me, not my family.
It didn’t take long before the billing department descended, adding more words to the list. Patient responsibility, and exclusionary are scary when the person excluded is you. My insurance covered all the tests to tell me I was sick, but the doctors were hesitant to begin a treatment that I couldn’t sustain over time—exclusionary cost rule. I asked the doctors why the good medication wasn’t covered by the health insurance policy I pay so dearly for. I asked, but got sighs and half-answers. I asked, but quickly wished I hadn’t. It was a waste. What’s the point in knowing you’re sick, if you can’t be made well again?
When my family, my body, and my mind was thoroughly exhausted from hospitals, raw emotions, and test after test, I was sent home with a follow up appointment the following day. I left the hospital with a small bag of luggage, hospital socks, and a skin condition that seemed to be skin cancer, and seemed to be trying to kill me. This is when I decided that I had to fight for my life. Fluorouracil is the drug that will work, it’s the drug I needed, and I would get it.
Fluorouracil is the better medication. It’s the one that has the best reviews, the best results, the fewest life-altering side effects, and my insurance won’t cover it. Not only did my insurance drop Fluorouracil, but it costs three times more than the inferior medication. In order to begin the treatment they recommend, and maintain it, I will pay over $1,250 per month for medication alone.
Not only did my insurance drop Fluorouracil, but it costs three times more than the inferior medication.
My wife discovered Pharmaquotes during a late-night search for answers. Why had no one told us about this? To think discounts on toilet paper and shampoo are in the weekly paper, but discounts on medications that can save a life, add to the quality of someone’s life are hard to find? Pharmaquotes was easy to navigate, and savings were immediate. There was no need to wait on a card, or wait for a pre-approval. All I needed was a coupon from the site, a prescription from the doctor, and to visit the local pharmacist.
Once I could pay for the cost of the medication by using Pharmaquotes, half my battle was fought. It’s easier to focus on healing when you aren’t worried about financing. I’m just worried about the next person who can’t pay for Fluorouracil when they need it, or a different medication that will save their life or keep them healthy.