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Project Details
  • Title: Analysis Of Out-Of-Pocket Costs Of Care And Quality Of Life Concordance For Patients With Malignant Gliomas And Their Caregivers.
  • Date Proposed: 05/26/2008
  • Amount Requested: $55,000.00
  • Amount we Paid: $0.00
  • Paid Date: 01/01/2000
  • Stauts: Pending
  • Research name: Jeffrey Raizer, MD
  • Hospital: Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center
  • Grey Ribbon Crusade Participants:
    • Musella Foundation For Brain Tumor Research & Information, Inc
    • Unlocking Brain Tumors, Inc
    • Lindsay Leiper, RN, BS
    • GilDaS
  • Simple Description: After receiving a diagnosis of cancer, a patient’s primary concern is to receive the most current and effective treatments available. However, patients quickly become aware of the magnitude of costs associated with cancer treatment that is not covered by traditional health insurance. Costs associated with cancer treatment fall into one of three main categories: 1) direct medical costs (hospital stays, physician visits, laboratory testing, pharmaceuticals, home health care); 2) direct non-medical costs (transportation, parking, home health aides, cost of meals); and 3) indirect costs (absence from work, lost wages). While traditional health insurance usually covers the majority of direct medical costs (aside from deductibles or co-payments), significant additional costs from illness, including direct non-medical and indirect costs, will be incurred by the patient or the patient’s caregivers. The few studies that have attempted to measure direct and indirect costs for cancer patients in other oncology settings have found that extensive co-payments and/or deductibles, coupled with travel costs, loss of income, and home care, can cause out-of-pocket expenditures to be remarkably high.