How do you get Betaseron without insurance?

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How do you get Betaseron without insurance?

Postby surfbird » Wed Jun 06, 2012 6:02 am

Our household income exceeds the income requirements for the patient assistance programs. Are there any other options besides paying the full amount out of pocket? The meds would still cost more than a 1/3 of what we make!
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Re: How do you get Betaseron without insurance?

Postby FLJhawk » Wed Jun 20, 2012 9:46 am

How do they verify your income?

In the meantime, have you considered LDN? Are you on a good MS diet and taking the recommended supplements?
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Re: How do you get Betaseron without insurance?

Postby surfbird » Fri Jun 22, 2012 9:07 am

Honestly, I'm not sure because I haven't requested the paperwork. I'll officially be off the insurance that covers the drugs July 1, so I will ask for the paperwork then.

I haven't considered LDN before. I am totally symptom free. I've basically just done what the doctor recommended since I got diagnosed, and never questioned the meds because a) insurance covered them b)I tolerate the shots very well and c) seems like I should do what research has proven to be effective in reducing my chances of getting any worse

Honestly, I'm embarrassed to admit that I'm very ignorant when it comes to diet and supplements...like I said, I've just followed doctors orders. I take Vitamin D and eat a balanced diet, but nothing special. I looked into the yeast free diet but honestly, I'd rather risk having MS attacks than deprive myself of the joy I get from all those foods. Cooking is a huge passion of mine so going on a special diet is a quality of life issue to me.

Now that insurance may turn into a problem, perhaps i need to reconsider my approach and see what else I can do...
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Re: How do you get Betaseron without insurance?

Postby FLJhawk » Wed Jun 27, 2012 12:10 pm

If they ask for copies of paycheck stubs, you are stuck, but otherwise.....

I really don't know that diets in which you have to eliminate certain things, such as wheat or yeast, are really necessary. Maybe, but the Moderation in All Things saying probably applies. I would recommending taking more supplements, to include Mg, Zn and Malic Acid, plus there are a number of other things that might help, to include CoQ10, E, C, Ginko, etc etc.

It isn't just an MS flair you should be worried about. Flairs indicate brain damage! Too much brain damage and you get long tem pains and lloss of mobility. It is great you feel good now - do what you need to do to stay that way!

But, I would highly recommend getting on LDN. Beg your doc to get on it, but you may have to educate him on the dosage. (I get the standard 50mg tablet and dissolve it down with water to get the dose I want to take.)
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Re: How do you get Betaseron without insurance?

Postby nqsands » Sun Oct 14, 2012 9:48 am

I was diagnosed while being without insurance around a year and a half ago. I was then rejected by a number of insurance companies because of my ms and therefore qualified for the precursor to Obama care, inclusive health federal option. It has been amazing and has allowed me to get the care I need. They also will cover beta seron. There is a copay. I'm not sure how much it is because I'm getting copay assistance from beta seron. If you still don't have coverage or options this is really worth checking into. There are lots of insurance offices officiated with inclusive health throughout each state. I have also not run into any doctors who do not accept it. Best of luck.
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