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How can you get help to pay for hepatitis C medications?

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Before you start hepatitis C treatment, check with your insurer, whether it's a private company or Medicare. Find out what’s covered and what your co-payments will be.

When your doctor recommends a drug, ask about the cost. Tell your doctor and pharmacist if you can't afford your prescription. They may be able to find a lower-cost treatment, direct you to a less-expensive place to buy it, or provide discount coupons.

If you still can’t afford your medication or your insurer won't cover it, you can seek help in several ways.

Some drug companies, states, pharmacies, and nonprofit groups offer assistance programs. Drug discount cards may help, too. Clinical trials -- studies that test new drugs to see whether they're safe and effective -- are another possibility.

If one option doesn’t work out, try another. It may take time to find the resource that’s right for you.

SOURCES:  

Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology Journal : "Why We Should Be Willing to Pay for Hepatitis C Treatment."

American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases: "HCV Guidance: Recommendations for Testing, Managing, and Treating Hepatitis C."

American Liver Foundation: "Drug Discount Card," "Financial Assistance Resources," "Support for Patients with Hepatitis C."

The Hepatitis C Association: "Help4Hep."

Hepatitis Foundation International: "Hepatitis Foundation International Health Savings Card," "National and International Resources for the Best in Hepatitis Information and Support."

Life Beyond Hepatitis C: "Patient Assistance Programs for Treatment & Healthcare."

PAN Foundation: "Hepatitis C."

Journal of Health and Biomedical Law : "Drug Pricing & Challenges to Hepatitis C Treatment Access."

Consumer Reports: "The Shocking Rise of Prescription Drug Prices."

Reviewed by Brunilda Nazario on June 26, 2020

SOURCES:  

Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology Journal : "Why We Should Be Willing to Pay for Hepatitis C Treatment."

American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases: "HCV Guidance: Recommendations for Testing, Managing, and Treating Hepatitis C."

American Liver Foundation: "Drug Discount Card," "Financial Assistance Resources," "Support for Patients with Hepatitis C."

The Hepatitis C Association: "Help4Hep."

Hepatitis Foundation International: "Hepatitis Foundation International Health Savings Card," "National and International Resources for the Best in Hepatitis Information and Support."

Life Beyond Hepatitis C: "Patient Assistance Programs for Treatment & Healthcare."

PAN Foundation: "Hepatitis C."

Journal of Health and Biomedical Law : "Drug Pricing & Challenges to Hepatitis C Treatment Access."

Consumer Reports: "The Shocking Rise of Prescription Drug Prices."

Reviewed by Brunilda Nazario on June 26, 2020

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