It depends on a few factors. If you do not have medical insurance, many many thousands of dollars. On the other hand, if you do not have hepatitis C it's fairly inexpensive. Did you have that viral load test?
Also, right now I'm in a study and everything is free wheeeee,
I have no insurance and certainly no money ( paycheck to paycheck) so this study came just in time. Of course you are part of research for study drugs, but so far so good.
A year of HCV therapy here in the U.S. can cost more than $USD 40.000 (PHP 1.737.600). The drugs and care may be less expensive in Cebu though.
FlGuy makes a good point; have you gotten a genotype yet? A genotype test would be the next logical step, and it requires sufficient virus present to process. If the test can’t be run, it’s very likely you don’t have active infection.
Your doctor can apply to a pharmaceutical company for a "compassionate use" for those with low income or no insurance. You may have to fill out a stack of papers, but Dr. Gish of Sacramento University has said that a friend of mine with Hep C could apply for that. Don't take my word verbatim, but look into that possibility with your doctor. Best of luck...
All is not lost; the manufacturers of HCV treatment drugs provide patient assistance programs for those that are unable to afford the drugs; assuming they reside in the U.S. and their income levels meet their requirements.
“What the hell is there in the medication that costs more than my house cost? “
It’s not so much what these drugs cost to directly manufacture as it is to recoup research and development expenses. The drugs can take ten years to get from concept to shelf, and there can be 10’s of millions of dollars invested by pharma.
It’s unlikely your kids or spouse contracted this from you; it only transmits via blood-to-blood contact. Many of us have been married for decades and have not passed this to our spouses.
Don't freak out over that $200,000 figure. First of all, nygirl is speaking only to her own situation and she did treatment for 72 weeks - that applies to a much smaller minority of people doing treatment. Second of all, most people aren't paying every single bit of cost for their treatment, they're getting some kind of help somewhere, either insurance, or compassionate care via the drug company, some go on a clinical trial....and I suppose some pay out of pocket if they can but I wouldn't know how that works in the U.S. - I don't know what medicare covers. (I'm in Canada and that's a whole other ballgame - the medical appointments and tests are covered, drugs aren't but work insurance will cover a fair bit and government funding MIGHT cover some with various caveats.)
Lots of people in all sorts of situations have done treatment so you'd figure there are various ways to manage it and I imagine you'll find your own way also. Good luck with that.
Just....don't think your only option is to sell your first-born.
I am living & treating HCV in Indonesia ... Treatment for SOC (Inf + RBV) here is about US $1100 for the Inf per month , the RBV they give for free .... + .... whatever the cost of blood testing ...
If your living in Cebu , the cost will probably be much less than the states ... probably half or less than the cost of the "average" US cost ..... the $200,000 quoted by nygirl is not even close to the average cost .... It will be much less then the U.S. like all medical treatments in the Philippines....
I think the "help" of the "patient assistance programs" by Roche ... is not likely to happen in a developing nation ... but maybe you should try to ask first ..... if they won't give you the drugs for free then :
If you do decide to treat with Roche Inf make sure you contact Roche Philippines & ask them who their local distributer is in Cebu & ask their contact number ... contact the local distributor directly and ask their price .... the cost of buying from a pharmacy will be at least 10 to 20 % more expensive than buying from the distributer ... do the same if you decide to treat with the Shearing-Plough Inf ....
I did this here , saved 15% & use the savings to help pay for the blood tests ....
Still in treatment , G1a , 16 wk shot tmrw .... PCR RNA (viral load) tests are the expensive ones ... here per test US $230 , I have done 1 per month for the first 3 months & will probably control with a new test every 6 - 8 wks .... Blood test for ALT , AST , HGB , WBC , RBC etc ... around US $ 20.00 , I try to do these every 2 to 3 weeks now ... when i started every week for 2 months to monitor HGB for anemia & TSHs for Thyroid ....
$ 1100 x 11 months = US $12,100 ++
It's up to you , how you want to control ... I do more tests than many folks , but not as much as others ...
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