Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Day 1 Post Chemo Treatment No. 2

My sister took Mom in for her Neulasta shot today. Neulasta is a prescription medication that boost the white blood cells. This helps your body produce more white blood cells to reduce your risk of infection. This Shot is given in the fat of the arm or stomach. Mom gets hers in her stomach. She is given this shot the day after each chemo treatment. This is an expensive shot. The cost is approximately $2,200.00 each. Mom's insurance pays all but about $625.00. She has a prescription for Emend, this is an anti-nausea medication. There are three pills and the cost is $500.00 at one pharmacy and $300.00 at another. We have shopped around for the best deals on her prescriptions. Her insurance covers all but $29.95 of that.

I now understand why so many people without health insurance dies of cancer, they can not afford the cost of treatment.