LGBT Cancer — Survivor Tips — Tip 7

By on Sunday, June 8th, 2008

No. 7: Understand the economics of cancer care.
You don’t want to be in a situation where your doctor wants to run a $150
test that your insurance doesn’t cover, but it contains critical information
for making your diagnosis or deciding treatment. You need to understand what
your insurance covers, and let your doctor know what you’re willing to do to
supplement that coverage to get a good diagnosis, and the best possible
treatment. If your doctor says that he wants to run another test, but
insurance won’t pay for it, find out what it is. Why does he want to run it?
Find out the cost, and determine whether you should pay it yourself. It
might save your life.

One of ten tips from Hamilton Jordan, the former White House chief of staff for President Jimmy Carter, a well-known force in the health community. During the past 24 years he battled four different forms of cancer and urged cancer patients to empower themselves with information.

Categories : LGBT Cancer, Prevention


  1. Psiplex says:

    good practical tip!

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