The High Cost of Getting Sick

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 Being diagnosed with a serious illness often means needing medication that’s hard or impossible to pay for. Even with good insurance, copays can be unaffordable.

My goal is to comb the internet for sources  of help. No one should die because they couldn’t afford their medications. No one should  have to chose between buying food or prescriptions. Many cut pills in half to make them last longer.

My advice is to always start out with the drug company that manufactures the medication. At worst, they have no assistance program and at best, will be able to direct you to a place that offers help. Many doctors will help by giving out free samples when they can.

Here are some sources of help to try:

Caring Voice Coalition 1-888-267-1440 http://www.caringvoice.org

Pfizer RSVP Program   1-888-327-7787   http://pfizerhelpfulanswers.com  

NORD- National Organization for Rare Disorders   http://www.rarediseases.org  

The Partnership for Prescription Assistance   1-888-4PPA-NOW (1-888-477-2669).  https://www.pparx.org  

Chronic Disease Fund   877-968-7233 www.CDFund.Org

HealthWell Foundation   1-800-675-8416 9:00 am to 5:00 pm Eastern Time   www.healthwellfoundation.org  

GSK Access   1-866-518-HELP (4357)   www.GSK-Access.com  GSK Access provides GlaxoSmithKline prescription medications Bridges to Access   1-866-728-4368  

The Patient Advocate Foundation (PAF) Co-Pay Relief Program   1-866-512-3861   www.copays.org

Patient Services Incorporated   800-366-7741   www.uneedpsi.org

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