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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 or have a history of poor health care insurance coverage. Cancer survivors, their families, and caregivers 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. Other resources include by the United Way Worldwide and the Alliance for Information and Referral Systems, and the American Cancer Society’s Health Insurance and Financial Assistance for the Cancer Patient.

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.

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