Apr 18, 2017 10:30PM edwards750 wrote:
Thanks Margo. I didn't know what it was called. I'm not surprised the test isn't covered. I was blessed my Oncotype test was paid for by BC/BS. No way could my DH and I afforded $5k. Genomic Labs who conducted my test did say if insurance didn't pay they would bill me on a sliding income scale.
Given the mountain of bills already incurred even that would have been tough to handle. We have a large deductible like 5k that we met in 2 months. After that 100% thankfully because I had 33 radiation treatments that were paid. I know that would have cost us 30-40k.
Insurance companies need to do a better job researching the true costs of diseases like cancer. They resist and ultimately refuse to pay for anything that in their minds is not a routine test or standard of care. In the long run approving tests like the Oncotype saves them money. Chemotherapy is pricey. Maybe one of these days..