I'm an Australian in a small city in Malaysia.
The city does not have a GastroEntologist, let alone a Hepatologist.
I'm looking for input from doctors in Australia, USA and any other countries please
+ input from patients who have had to buy privately please.
I have just had real time PCR and result is 476. Normal is <43 iU/mL
The diagnosis is HCV subtype 3a
Rx: 6 months therapy recommended.
My research tells me Rx is expected to be
Interferon IFN Alpha 2a 3mlU
Ribivirin 1,000-2,000 mg/day (I weigh 70kg)
x 3 weekly
BUT I'm 8 hrs round trip and many $$$ petrol or bus fare etc from a Hepatologist in the capital city.
I'm trying to swing getting the injections done by a local doctor.
QUESTIONS: (Maybe answers by different people)
1)a) In other countries, what rank of medical personnel needs to do do the injections please?
b) Is this because of cost or another reason please?
2) Can anyone tell me the private costs of buying the above medications please?
I've come up with VERY ROUGHLY about $A/$US 3,000 (+ another $2,500 transport)
Thank you ever so people, and particularly the doctors giving themselves so much to help patients.
Australian in Malaysia