Financial Navigator Program

Helps Cancer Patients Face the Rising Cost of Treatments

In the age of $10,000-a-month cancer drugs, managing finances becomes a whole new obstacle for patients. In fact, a 2014 article in the Journal of Oncology Practice found that financial problems can even lead patients to avoid or delay care or drugs.

Cancer Financial Navigator Cameron Williams

To help address these concerns, UChicago Medicine Ingalls Memorial employs a full-time, dedicated financial navigator: 14-year Ingalls veteran Cameron Williams. Cameron helps patients understand the financial aspects of cancer care, and can help relieve financial stress and improve patients’ access to the care they need.

“Even with health insurance, the financial impact of cancer treatment can be challenging for a patient to handle,” Cameron explains. “My role is to help alleviate some of that stress and help patients make informed financial decisions.”

Cameron starts by evaluating patients’ healthcare benefits to determine what their potential out-of-pocket costs may be, and then identifying potential resources to help them lower those costs. Then, he works to facilitate enrollment in healthcare exchange plans, Social Security and disability benefit programs if appropriate. Cameron even identifies external sources to help cover co-pays and deductibles such as foundation pharmaceutical-sponsored programs, local philanthropic organizations and more.

“People shouldn’t have to choose between buying groceries or getting their treatments.”

For more information about the new Cancer Financial Navigator program at Ingalls, call Cameron Williams at 708-915-6825.

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