As you have been following my Rituxan story, I have been sharing information about my personal experience in receiving this infusion medication for RA, any reactions I had to the infusion (see part one), and any benefits I’ve seen from the infusions (see part two). This month I’d like to share the expenses involved.
Like many of us, I like to know the cost of something BEFORE I commit to purchasing. After receiving the ‘go-ahead’ from my rheumatologist and my neurologist for starting Rituxan treatment, I needed to find out what my out-of-pocket costs were going to be and find a pharmaceutical assistance program to help with those.
My first homework assignment was to find out which hospitals my insurance company would pay for outpatient infusion therapy and to discover if I needed a chemotherapy preauthorization ahead of time. A call to the insurance company came first and I was pleased to discover that each of the local hospitals were equally satisfactory to my insurance company. No preauthorization was necessary.
Read this post in its entirety:
Navigating Costs and Insurance for Rituxan (Rituximab)
Note the update for this story. It is not over, but I hope to have good news soon.