Topic: Clinical trial questions

I found out my insurance does not cover clinical trials.  MDA said I cannot get into the trial without insurance.  Is this common or does it depend on the trial, drug company and facility? Are there foundations or other resources that pay for clinical trials if you do not have insurance?

Suzy

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It was my understanding that Eli Lilly ( the drug co. for my trial) picks up the tab for blood work, pills, but not scans and dr. visits. I guess maybe it depends on the company?
Do you have someone at your insurance co. that can go to bat for you? I did when I was with AETNA. Sometimes she helped, sometimes not.

KrisJ
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Kris, the way I understand our insurance is covering clinical trials is an option and we opted not to cover clinical trials on our plan. We are self insured so I don't know if that makes a difference. We have great insurance so I just assumed they were covered and had never asked until now.

Suzy

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Suzy,
Sorry I can't help you. You might ask someone in the financial office of MD Anderson if there is help there. Or the trial group. The drug co. just might pick up most of the tab.

KrisJ
"Don't just have minutes in the day; have moments in time."
Any opinions I give are based on personal experiences, and are not based on medical knowledge. I strongly suggest receiving medical care and opinions.

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Suzy....I agree with Kris.   You might want to contact the PI of the clinical trial and convey the information re: non-insurance coverage.
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Marion

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Thanks Kris and Marion! I will call them today.

Kris, I guess the winter storm is going to prevent you from going to see the tree. Sorry about that. Stay warm!

Suzy

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Glad you brought this subject up (financing of clinical trials). It's really helpful.
Willow

Willow

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Dr. Javle's office emailed me and said there were no openings in the clinical trial at this time and to start on Folfox and we would discuss it again when I go back in March.

I talked to the clinical trial department  and they said there are other options if you don't have insurance but I would need to have a consultation with the clinical trial doctor to find out specifics. I am going to talk to them about having the consultation before my next appointment in March.

Suzy