Psoriasis is a condition that requires expensive treatment. If you are finding it difficult to pay for your treatment, you are not alone. An NPF (National Psoriasis Foundation) study reveals that a third of the people suffering from the disease can’t really afford the treatment. Some people don’t have health insurance or have a policy that does not cover treatment for the disease. Others have an insurance cover with large co-pays, which puts treatment costs beyond what they can afford to pay.
The financial implications of psoriasis treatment
Medicines prescribed for Psoriasis, especially the newer drugs, are expensive. For example, a tube of some of the latest topical medicines can cost about $500. As it is a chronic condition, just the cost of medicines can run into thousands of dollars. Besides the cost of medicines and consultation, you have to pay for frequent phototherapy treatments at a clinic. If you opt for the latest class of treatment, biologics, your bills for psoriasis or psoriatic arthritis could be as high as $20,000 per annum.
People at the NPF acknowledge that treatment costs for psoriasis is a huge issue. The high costs are preventing many patients from getting the treatment that they need and they are hopeful that lowering costs will reduce the problem significantly. The NPF is trying to make psoriasis treatment more affordable and has set up a task force for this purpose.
If you are suffering from Psoriasis, you are probably wondering if there are ways in which you can minimize the costs. Fortunately, there are a few things that you can do to keep costs to a minimum.