Sunday, April 5, 2009

The Cost of Breast Cancer

Consumer Reports magazine has an article in its May edition that talks about health insurance and how different plans can vary widely in their coverage. If you read the article I’m lucky I have the same coverage as most of the members of Congress (trust me, I pay for it too…). It was surprising to see that the total care costs for most breast cancer patients is about $104,535. The article also discusses how individual health plans depending on the state and how the plan is written can have large coverage gaps and sometimes patients can end up paying about 1/3 of the total cost. So where am I going with this? Not sure, but people pay premiums therefore people expect coverage and perhaps one universal health care plan that at least eliminates the coverage gaps that leave breast cancer patients paying upwards of $35,000 isn’t such a bad idea after all. Just don’t tell my father I said this—he already thinks I’m a heathen since I’m a Democrat, I can hardly imagine what he’d think about my socialist tendencies….

Lucky for me I have great health insurance, I was treated at a premier institution and I don’t have $35,000 in bills (but I did have just about enough to claim the costs on my income tax). I count my blessings every day.

The weather is getting nice, is everybody getting ready to go walking?

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