The Story of Tom, Mindy & the Pancreatic Tumor Part V: Financial Impacts of Holistic Oncology

Unreimbursed Costs

Because Medicare and Medicare Supplement providers do not cover most Holistic or Alternative medical expenses, a cancer patient must pay for their Supplements and for all treatments prescribed by NDs or even by MDs and DOs if they have opted out of Medicare – which most Holistic practitioners have done.

Monthly Outlay Comparison

In my case Supplements cost me $900 a month, Treatments prescribed by medical practitioners not recognized by Medicare cost me a minimum of $700 a month, and costs for tests not covered by Medicare is another $300 a month. That brings the total of unreimbursed costs to $1,900 per month– Two-and-a-half times what we currently pay for food and 35% more than we pay for rent.

It almost pays for us to be traveling because while we’re away there are no treatment expenses, blood testing abroad costs less, and we’re able to sublet our apartment. That means our out-of-pocket cost for a month of travel is less than $500.

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