Cancer patients struggle with associated health care costs
2020-01-06 from ctvnews.ca
MONTREAL -- Extra health care costs can add up quickly for cancer survivors, compounding stress during an already difficult time.
Just ask Deborah Bridgman, who has battled breast cancer for 25 years and has been off work since 2007.
On long-term leave from her job, Bridgman is still collecting some of her salary, but says paying bills isn't always easy.
"I've been paying thousands upon thousands of dollars for all the medication. I've been on medication for 25 years," said Bridgman.
It's not only medication – parking and transport can add up, too.
"Going to the hospital, the parking is never less than $20 every time I go and I'm at a minimum one time a week at the hospital," she said.
The CAQ government has vowed to lower hospital parking rates in the spring to combat this issue, particularly for long-term patients.
Lodging costs are also a factor for those who have to travel long distances for treatment.
Many workers face a pay cut after being diagnosed, said Emily Ayoub of the Quebec Breast Cancer Foundation.
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