Here’s another post for the personal finance and cancer bloggers out there. Now that chemo is done and all the bills are in, I have the final numbers. For 8 rounds of chemo (4 of adriamycin/cytoxan and 4 of taxol), the grand total was…drumroll…: $90,709.
That’s what the oncology office charged. The break down:
- $49,217 for 7 neulasta shots
- $27,134 for “immun/inject” (stuff they put into my IV, including the taxol and a/c)
- $11,840 for diag/tx (I assume this is for the nursing care & dr oversight of treatment)
- $1,538 for office visits
- $980 for labs
Insurance only paid part ($34,122.64) and the rest my docs wrote-off ($56,586.36). Plus, I paid $708 in coinsurance etc. (well, actually the CoPay Relief Foundation paid $543 or so and I paid the remainder). So the grand total that my docs rec’d was closer to $35K.
Considering the cost for my health insurance is $306.48 a month, that seems like a really good deal to me.
Note that the cost of the port placement and removal is not included here (about $15K, I think, still waiting for the bills to come in), and I consider that a chemo cost though the various foundations helping me with bills do not. Sigh…