Relieving the Financial Burdens associated with Cancer Recovery
Fast Facts + Figures
- Out-of-pocket cost for cancer treatment averages over $20k/year
- Average cost of a new cancer treatment is over $100k/year
- Cost of care expected to increase 39% by the year 2020
- More than half of all personal bankruptcies filed in the USA are filed due to medical costs.
While we have the “best healthcare available” in the world, few people can afford it!
The cost of my father’s treatment and recovery – after what insurance has paid – has been over $3 MILLION! Even if you can beat the cancer, how can most people overcome the cost?
Typically, the patient has to reduce or stop working (and their spouse/primary caregiver may have to do the same), resulting in a significant loss of income. So in the midst of dealing with the myriad sources of stress that come with a cancer diagnosis, people suddenly have to worry about how they’re going to pay their bills and put food on the table.
We realized that we were lucky. Had my father not been successful, we would be another statistic – among the millions of families bankrupted by cancer. To that end, when patients are undergoing treatment, we want to help cover the cost of their rent/mortgage, utilities, general bills and living expenses, cost of groceries, and transportation (either helping pay for gas, or arranging transportation for those who don’t/can’t drive).
A lot of people assume that if you hit dire financial need, you can “just get on welfare”. That process can take up to a year or more, and even then, food stamps cannot be applied to the purchase of personal hygiene products, cleaning products, or paper products (so they can’t buy toothpaste, shampoo, toilet paper. We couldn’t believe the number of families who have need for this type of help).
Additionally, nutrition is such an important part of treatment/recovery, and we were shocked to know how many patients find themselves having to choose between taking/buying their medications, and eating.
TWOCF is helping cancer patients and their families overcome the financial burdens that come with treatment & recovery. For patients in need, we’ll help cover your daily living expenses (rent, utilities, groceries, etc) so you can focus on the important stuff – getting through treatment and kicking cancer’s butt!
Cancer can lead to depression and anxiety – for the patient & their family/caregivers. It’s not enough to increase the patient’s length of life – we need to improve your quality of life, too. Stress can be overwhelming. We’re here to help you get emotional support, so you can thrive.
NAVIGATING MEDICAL BILLING
Ever feel like medical billing is gibberish? Our team of advocates will help you translate the gobbledy-gook into English, and sort out the hairballs between your doctor’s office/provider, the insurance company, and collection agencies.
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