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Coping with The Financial Strain of Chronic Kidney Disease

I have come up with some resources and tips for managing healthcare costs. My father has been dealing with chronic kidney disease (CKD) for over a decade now. My husband just got diagnosed. This illness can be physically and emotionally challenging.

But add managing healthcare costs can add another layer of stress to an already difficult situation. The financial strain of CKD can be overwhelming. There are resources and tips available to help manage healthcare costs out there.

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The financial burden of CKD

I know firsthand the financial burden that comes with managing this condition. We have to deal with frequent doctor visits and laboratory tests. We can't leave out the expensive medications and procedures. The costs can add up very quickly.

One of the biggest challenges I faced was trying to navigate the healthcare system and understand the various costs associated with his care. It can be overwhelming and confusing, especially if you are already dealing with the physical and emotional effects of everything.

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I also struggled with the cost of medications, which can be incredibly expensive. There were times when I had to make difficult choices about which medications to prioritize. We simply couldn’t afford to pay for all of them.

Resources to help with costs

However, I learned that there are resources available to help manage healthcare costs. Such as financial assistance programs offered by pharmaceutical companies and non-profit organizations.

One of the first steps in managing healthcare costs is to educate yourself about available resources. Many organizations, such as the National Kidney Foundation, offer financial assistance programs to those with CKD. This is for those who are struggling to pay for medical care and other related expenses. My father is on Medicare. It was important for me to review his health coverage and understand the out-of-pocket costs associated with his treatment plan. I was shocked.

There are also ways to reduce healthcare costs. For example, I also found it helpful to talk to his healthcare team about any financial concerns I had. They were able to provide guidance and support. You can ask your doctor if there are any generic or lower-cost alternatives to your medications. You can also look into participating in clinical trials. They may offer access to new treatments at little or no cost.

Taking an active role

In addition, to manage healthcare costs, I took an active role in his treatment plan. This includes following a healthy diet, exercising regularly, and taking medications as prescribed. By doing so, you may be able to prevent or delay the need for more expensive treatments.

I had to make lifestyle changes on his behalf to try to minimize the financial strain. He had to eat a healthy diet to reduce the risk of complications and avoid costly habits like smoking and excessive drinking. These are things that he did many, many years ago.

Finally, it is important to seek support from others who are going through similar experiences. Support groups and online forums can be a valuable source of information and emotional support.

Managing the financial strain of CKD can be challenging, but it is not impossible. By educating myself about available resources, reducing healthcare costs, taking an active role in his treatment plan, and seeking support from others, I can better manage the financial impact of CKD and focus on his health and well-being.  My father is 90 years old and going strong.

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