Out of Pocket Medical Costs for IC
As of November 4, 2010, nearly 400 (386)
individuals had responded to a poll asking about their highest out of pocket
cost for healthcare. One quarter of poll
takers shared that health insurance premiums and co-pays for medicines were
their highest expenses. Nearly 10% noted that they
did not have health insurance—scary considering the ongoing medical management
required to control IC symptoms.
About one-fifth of the group said
that annual deductibles were their highest out of pocket costs. Co-pays for
visits were emptying the pocketbooks of 12% and the cost of over-the-counter
medicines hitting 8% respondents hard. A
small group (less than 2%) noted that the charges that exceed their maximum
lifetime coverage were their highest out of pocket expense.
To help IC patients combat some of these
expenses, the ICA posts information about discount drug programs and other
patient assistance programs in the IC & Healthcare Toolkit located in the
Living with IC section of www.ichelp.org. Also under this tab, find tips on about
living with IC on a Budget.