Prosperity is not without many fears and distastes; and adversity is not without comfort and hopes.
—Francis Bacon keeping track of voluminous paper work—both medical and financial—is a trial for every parent of a child with leukemia. It is a necessary evil, however, because accurate records help to prevent medical errors and reduce insurance over-billings. Checking results of tests allows parents to identify changes in lab reports that might otherwise go unnoticed and untreated. Easy access to medical reports and proper organization of bills can mean less time spent in conflicts with insurance companies and collection agencies.
This chapter suggests simple systems for keeping both medical and financial records. Financial record-keeping is most important in countries such as the United States, where most individuals must purchase private medical insurance. In countries with standardized healthcare, such as Canada, parents never receive a bill for their child's cancer treatment.
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