Help for the Uninsured
Cancer care is expensive and can contribute to economic hardship for both patients and their families, particularly for those who do not have health insurance. Cancer patients and their families should discuss any concerns they may have about health care costs with their doctor, a medical social worker, or the business office of their hospital or clinic.
Resources are available for those who need financial help to cover health care costs. These resources include government-sponsored programs and services supported by non-profit organizations.
The National Cancer Institute has a list of organizations and agencies that may be able to help with health care costs at Coping with Cancer: Financial, Insurance, and Legal Information.
Some pharmaceutical companies offer patient assistance programs to help pay for medications. To learn about whether a specific drug might be available at reduced cost through such a program, talk with your doctor or a medical social worker, or visit the drug manufacturer's Web site and look for Patient Assistance Programs.
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Division of Cancer Prevention and Control
4770 Buford Hwy NE
Atlanta, GA 30341
TTY: (888) 232-6348
- Contact CDC-INFO