For example, here is one of my statements from January. This is how much it costs to get one dose of Erubulin:
Let me try to break that down. Of the $21,155.10:
-Pharmacy gets $470.10: for pre-meds, to check, maybe mix and send my chemo.
-IV Therapy gets $508.00: to start a peripheral IV, use some pumps, nurses to run the pumps?
-Medical/Surgical supplies comes to $133.50: IV start kit, IV tubing, normal saline IV bag, bandaids and such.
-Laboratory gets $675.40: to run my pre-chemo labs.
-Radiology-XR gets $566.20: this is when I had those lymph node biopsies.
-Treatment/Observation Room costs $318.80 for me to sit in a chair and watch Ellen.
-Erubulin costs $16,483.10 per dose.
Wow. Just Wow.
This isn't like losing a quarter in the sofa cushions or losing a dollar to the wind. I think "lost" is the wrong word here. I think of how many people are involved with one dose of chemo- ordering it, manufacturing it, transporting, preparing, infusing it, etc. It's a long chain with lots of room for potential error. I should probably be amazed when it goes so smoothly most of the time. I am not a scientist. I don't know how these things affect my cancer, or ultimately, my life.
So today, I got a call that the Erubulin showed up from whatever detour it took, whatever hidey-hole it was in. I reluctantly went against my chemo-only-on-Monday rule and decided to get my chemo today to keep it on a schedule of sorts. The nurses said they were baffled as to where it my Erubulin had gone. I really didn't want to dwell on it. I had already let it go. They gave me a cafeteria gift card for for my inconvenience. I said, "Thank you." Mark likes the hospital pudding.
|Here is $16,483.10 being pushed into my vein.|