Aflac: 4 Strategies to Help Make Cancer Treatment More Affordable

A cancer diagnosis can overwhelm and confuse anyone. It doesn't become easier when you start to worry about the costs of treatment, either.

A cancer insurance policy is one way to aid in the costs of cancer treatment, but there are other ways to help manage the affordability of a treatment that can leave you time and energy to help focus on recovery. These options can help make a big difference in your total expenses, so it's worth it to do your research and cover your bases now, so you can focus on your treatment.

Research your costs beforehand

Unfortunately, cancer treatment isn't a simple, one-time payment. The costs of cancer treatment can depend on a number of factors, including:

  •   Your insurance policy
  •   The type of cancer
  •   The length of treatment
  •   The healthcare specialist you choose

While these aren't the only elements that affect cost, these are some of the details you'll need to understand before you seek proper treatment and care. Your final bill will be affected by these circumstances and more.

Talk to your healthcare specialist about payment installments

While effective, cancer treatments can become some of the most expensive healthcare treatments available. You may find yourself paying maximum out-of-pocket fees you never thought you'd have to pay, or your insurance may not be able to cover all the expenses of your treatment.

Check with your insurance provider if it is possible to enter into a payment plan for some of the expenses you owe. With a payment plan, your treatments can become more affordable over a longer period, leaving you to focus your energy on the current treatment and recovery.

Go over unexpected charges with your insurance provider

It may not be easy to understand all the charges involved in your current healthcare treatment. Make sure to review any confusing expenses with your healthcare insurance specialist. They should be able to help you put some of the charges into perspective.

Understanding some of these expenses may even help you find ways to cover them. For example, if you receive therapy or counseling for undergoing cancer treatment, you may find that your insurance company can also cover those charges.

Check for options with your insurance plan

Your health insurance plan may offer benefits or riders you were unaware of. Even if you've had cancer in the past, you may still be able to apply after the waiting period in some of these features to make your treatment more affordable. These extra benefits can go a long way toward managing your treatment expenses.

Many health insurance companies will offer some form of cancer insurance policy, to help patients with the high costs associated with cancer care. These riders will offer the ability to cover some expenses not covered by basic healthcare coverage, such as in-home care, travel, or childcare costs. Cancer insurance policies may also be offered as a supplemental insurance option through your employer.

Afford the treatment you deserve

Cancer insurance policies and standard healthcare coverage exist to make treatment more affordable should you ever need it. If you should ever receive a cancer diagnosis, don't hesitate to take advantage of the options afforded to you by these policies.

Don't let the cost prevent you from seeking life-saving treatment. Work with your insurance provider to understand the road ahead, and you can help face your treatment with financial stability and peace of mind.

Coverage is underwritten by Aflac.

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Cancer insurance is also known as Specified-Disease Insurance in some states.

The content herein is provided for general informational purposes and is not provided as tax, legal, health or financial advice for any person or for any specific situation. Employers, employees and other individuals should their own advisers about their situations.

In Arkansas, Policies B70100AR, B70200AR, B70300AR, B7010EPAR, B7020EPAR. In Idaho, Policies B70100ID, B70200ID, B70300ID, B7010EPID, B7020EPID. In Oklahoma, Policies B70100OK, B70200OK, B70300OK, B7010EPOK, B7020EPOK. In Oregon, Policies B70100OR, B70200OR, B70300OR, B7010EPOR, B7020EPOR. In Texas, Policies B70100TX, B70200TX, B70300TX, B7010EPTX, B7020EPTX. Not available in NY, NJ or VA.

This is a brief product overview only. Coverage may not be available in all states including but not limited to New York, New Jersey, & Virginia. Benefits/premium rates may vary based on plan selected. Optional riders are available at an additional cost. The policy has limitations and exclusions that may affect benefits payable. Refer to the policy for complete details, limitations, and exclusions. For costs and complete details of the coverage, please contact your local Aflac agent.

Z2200075 Exp. 9/23

Source: Aflac

About Aflac

Aflac Inc. is an American insurance company and is the largest provider of supplemental insurance in the United States. Aflac offers voluntary insurance, or an optional layer of financial protection.


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