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What patient assistance programs are available to help pay for hepatitis C treatments?

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Drug companies' patient assistance programs help people afford medicine and medical supplies. If you meet the eligibility requirements, they may help you cover:

Check the website of the company that makes your hepatitis C medicine to see if you qualify for help. Among those that have assistance programs for hep C drugs are:

The Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America and RxAssist sites let you search for help from many drug companies at once.

  • Health insurance co-pays (what you pay out-of-pocket for a doctor visit or prescription)
  • Deductibles (how much you must pay for health care before your insurance kicks in)
  • Coinsurance (the percentage of costs you pay after you've met your deductible)
  • Health insurance premiums
  • Travel expenses for medical treatments
  • AbbVie
  • Bristol-Myers Squibb
  • Genentech
  • Gilead
  • Janssen
  • Merck

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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