Women with breast cancer delay care when faced with high deductibles: The New York Times

Filed Under: Costs, Patients, Procedures

Women with breast cancer delay care when faced with high deductibles: The New York Times

“When Pam Leonard felt a lump in her breast last November, she hesitated, debating whether to get testing to see if she had cancer,” Reed Abelson writes over at The New York Times. “She thought of her insurance policy, which carries a deductible of $2,600. She knew she would also have to spend as much […]

A breast cancer patient and her $61,131 bill: Huffington Post

Filed Under: Costs, Health plans, Patients

A breast cancer patient and her $61,131 bill: Huffington Post

Summary: “A respected group of cancer specialists developed a chemotherapy program for a breast cancer patient,” David Belk writes over at The Huffington Post. “But then her insurance company denied the claim, so the cancer center stuck her with a bill three times as large as what they would have required from the insurance company. […]

The Costs of Breast Cancer in the U.S.: Costs of Care

Filed Under: Costs, Patients, Providers

The Costs of Breast Cancer in the U.S.: Costs of Care

Summary: “In 2010, the cost of treating breast cancer was about $16.5 billion in the United States — higher than any other type of cancer. This is expected to increase to $20.5 billion by 2020,” Shane Ryan writes in “The Cost of Breast Cancer in the U.S.” at costsofcare.org. “Individual costs vary, depending on the stage of […]

Breast cancer while uninsured: One woman’s story

Filed Under: Costs, Patients, Providers

Breast cancer while uninsured: One woman’s story

“I must admit that I chose to be uninsured,” C. wrote to me. “My work does not provide health insurance and I looked into nystateofhealth.ny.gov during the fall of 2014, excited to have real health care options. I am 33 years old, and could comfortably afford an insurance that was $160 per month. I punched in […]

“What if health care…”: The #bcsm community dreams

“What if health care…”: The #bcsm community dreams

  The people over on Twitter had a great chat about breast cancer treatment the other night. If you’ve never seen a Tweetchat, zip on over and take a look: #bcsm is the hashtag, and the screenshot below is a sampling of their conversation. (It takes place every Monday.) The focus was #whatifhc, the extremely […]