Financial and Insurance Issues: Getting Started

Financial and insurance issues can be stressful and confusing for you and your caregivers. It is important to create an organized system for managing this aspect of cancer care. By educating yourself about insurance benefits and keeping organized financial records, you may prevent financial dilemmas, thereby preventing unnecessary stress.  Here are some general tips on insurance, a glossary of common insurance terms and information about medical costs and tax returns.

Consider using a binder as your filing system to organize your healthcare records and financial information. Keep a record of all phone conversations with your insurance provider.  In addition, some patients find it helpful to designate a caregiver or family member to keep track of all insurance/financial information.

To learn more about insurance and financial issues, see these tips:

Getting the Most from Your Policy

Understanding Insurance Terms

Expensing Medical Costs on Your Tax Return