Cost Of Cancer Treatment

Based on figures from the Cancer Council, an estimated 128,000 of new cases of cancer will be diagnosed in Australia this year.

Just as alarming, 1 in 2 men, and 1 in 3 women will be diagnosed with cancer by age 85.  The most common forms of cancers in Australia include:

–  Prostate cancer
–  Breast cancer
–  Melanoma
–  Lung cancer

We all know someone who has suffered cancer of some form or critical illness.  Think back to the emotional stress and strain this placed on that individual and their respective family and friends.  It is a hard time for all.

What we want to highlight in this newsletter is the financial stress that can arise upon diagnoses of Cancer and other major illness.  Many of the advanced treatments for Cancer are not covered by the Government’s Pharmaceutical Benefit Schememedicine-cost-300x256 nor private health insurance, yet when it comes to our health, there is no doubt you would want the best treatment available.

Below is a list of some of the advanced drug treatments available and their cost:

–  Bevacizumab – Around $48,000 per year
–  Cetuzimab – Around $84,000 per year
–  Sunitinib – Around $68,950 per year
–  Erlotinib – Around $45,840 per year
–  Azacitidine – Around $84,000 per year
–  Gemcitabine – Around $10,000
–  Alemtuzumab – $26,400 for 12 weeks of treatment
–  Ozaliplatin – $700 every 2 weeks

Put yourself in the position where you are incurring the above cost.  It is most likely you would need to stop working at this point as well.  How would these advanced treatments be funded and how would it impact your financial situation, such as your ability to meet home loan repayments etc?

A Trauma insurance policy can assist with the funding of more advanced treatments, improving your chances of better health.  A Trauma insurance policy can also remove the financial stress that may arise in the event of critical illness which allows you to focus on what’s important, your recovery.

The team at JBS are passionate about the role Trauma insurance plays in your overall strategy and would be happy to assist with any questions you have.