Finding a mesothelioma specialist and best treatment options are the first things a person thinks about after receiving a mesothelioma diagnosis. But they also must wrestle with figuring out how they’re going to cover their medical expenses. Fortunately, there are a variety of free medical care options for mesothelioma patients. For instance, qualified patients may be eligible to participate in clinical trials sponsored by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. These trials may offer free drugs and therapies. The National Institutes of Health and the National Cancer Institute also may provide travel compensation. Our patient advocates can find trials and facilitate your enrollment.
Qualified U.S. military veterans can seek treatment anywhere in the Veterans Administration (VA) system. Surgeons like Dr. Abraham Lebenthal, at the Boston VA Healthcare System, and Dr. Robert Cameron, at the West Los Angeles VA Medical Center, are dedicated to providing expert mesothelioma treatment for disabled veterans. The VA can then help these veterans with travel and lodging expenses, among others.
Our team of Patient Advocates is able to offer a variety of free services and resources to assist mesothelioma patients. These include: Providing books and brochures on mesothelioma and asbestos, giving patients access to our on-staff nurse and medical doctor, helping veterans file their VA claims, offering a free doctor matching service to help patients find a top mesothelioma specialist in their area and managing a free monthly support group for patients and their loved ones. Our Patient Advocates can also help patients find federal and private programs that offer housing and health insurance assistance, travel grants and Social Security benefits. Please don't let the cost of treatment get in your way. Let us help you secure free medical care.
Electronic consultations (e-consults) let health care providers connect with patients remotely to manage care. Doctors can review medical documents electronically and offer recommendations, saving patients time and money on care and travel expenses. A few mesothelioma treatment centers in the U.S. provide e-consult services, including Brigham and Women's Hospital, Mayo Clinic Health System in Owatonna and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.