Many drug companies have programs to provide free medicines (including chemotherapy) to needy patients. Eligibility requirements vary, but most are available to those not covered by private or public insurance programs. You can get a free copy of the Directory of Pharmaceutical Patient Assistance from the Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Association at http://www.phrma.org/patients. Their toll-free hot line for physicians is
(800) 762-4636 (800-PMA-INFO). Another website that lists programs of different companies is http://www.needymeds.com.
Although the cost of in-hospital treatment in Canada is covered by provincial governments, families have to pay for other medications at their own expense. For those without private insurance, this usually creates an extreme financial hardship. In many instances, the Department of Social Services can help pay for medications. The qualifications vary in each province and the decision is based on financial need. Canadian parents should contact their provincial Department of Social Services for further information.
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