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Understanding the Costs of Mesothelioma Treatment

mesothelioma treatment costsNo matter what the diagnosis, when a person hears that they or a loved has a life-threatening disease like mesothelioma, the first response is to ask what can be done, and when. Cost rarely crosses the mind: the focus is simply on fixing the situation as quickly as possible. But once the appointments with specialists begin to fill the calendar and diagnostic tests begin to be ordered, the reality of the expense sets in. Lab and MRI center receptionists ask for your insurance card and I.D., then tell you that you have a copay or coinsurance of hundreds of dollars. Prescriptions for pain medications are inhumanely costly, and that doesn’t begin to address the issue of what surgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy and hospital stays will cost. Many patients find themselves wondering whether it is even worth it to fight a battle against a disease that they have already been told they can’t win.

There are many factors that contribute to the high cost of treating mesothelioma. Part of the problem is that health costs are rising in general, no matter what the diagnosis. Add to that the specifics of this rare and deadly form of cancer and there is the fact that developing mesothelioma drugs is an expensive proposition that requires years of research into a treatment that will be used on only a few thousand patients a year. Manufacturers need to recoup their expense.

The average cost of a cancer related surgery is inclusive of everything from the payment to your physician and the other health professionals present in the operating room to the costs of your care in recovery, the costs of inpatient care if you spend the night, the costs of your medications and food, and more. One overnight with an operation can easily cost $50,000, and even the best health insurance policy is going to leave a patient with thousands of dollars that they owe as their share. Add to that the fact that you may need to travel to the hospital for treatment and the costs go even higher.

It is easy to get disheartened at the cost of fighting a disease, and especially when it is one like mesothelioma that is a result of somebody else’s negligence. The asbestos attorneys at Danziger & De Llano know your frustration and are here to help. We are committed to helping the victims of asbestos exposure to get the compensation that they need and deserve for their medical expenses, their lost wages, and any other out of pocket expenses, as well as for the pain and suffering that they have to endure. If you need help or information on your rights to file a mesothelioma lawsuit, contact us today.

Terri Oppenheimer

Terri Oppenheimer is an independent writer, editor and proofreader. She graduated from the College of William and Mary with a degree in English. Her dreams of a writing career were diverted by a need to pay her bills. She spent a few years providing copy for a major retailer, then landed a lucrative career in advertising sales. With college bills for all three of her kids paid, she left corporate America for a return to her original goal of writing. She specializes in providing content for websites and finds tremendous enjoyment in the things she learns while doing her research. Her specific areas of interest include health and fitness, medical research, and the law.

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