Myelom-Gruppe Rhein-Main

Last modified: 12 January 2013


Every country in Europe has a different healthcare system and it is important to refer to the individual country website for information on this matter.

However, in many countries, cancer-related medical examinations, treatment and care comes at considerable cost. It is not always clear which of the costs of treatment will be covered or reimbursed. In addition, these "direct" costs are often accompanied by "indirect" costs for transportation, home help, care services, counselling sessions, medical aids, etc. Authorities or health insurance may not always provide full coverage or reimbursement for those costs and this can make living with myeloma difficult and stressful because of the financial worries associated with it.

You should contact your local authority or health insurance to find out which direct or indirect costs will be covered, what if anything you will have to pay for and what will be reimbursed. Consumer advice centres can also often provide information regarding coverage of costs and reimbursement. Some cancer organisations can offer financial assistance to patients or can at least provide helpful information and advice or may even be able to assist you when you are applying for certain benefits.

If you have no health insurance you can contact a public information centre near you, such as a consumer counselling centre to get information and advice on how best to proceed. They may even be able to provide legal advice.

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