I generally don’t ( read: try not to) get too worked up over things that are intrinsically outside of my control. There are of course, times when that is impossible – this is not really one of those times.
As I get ready to complete my taxes again this year, I shuffled through some of my expenses and decided to take a look at what I spent this year on my transplant. I guess, more accurately it would be what I didn’t (thank God!) have to spend. Luckily I have a very generous employer and an excellent benefit package, so my out of pocket was tolerable. The first three months post transplant including the procedure itself, cost more than $270,000.00. I’m not going to give exact numbers, but good Lord! That is a lot of money, but admittedly I thought it would be more. I haven’t completely figured out our personal expenses yet, but for those first three months, all things considered I would say it’s likely in the ballpark of $5,000.00 +/-. That’s a lot of money, especially when you have two kids to raise – regardless of where you live.
As I have said before, we are blessed and very lucky to have the family, friends and colleagues that we/I do – there is no way I could have done this without all of them. Their support, help and donations made it possible for us to make it through a very trying 3 months.
So what now? I can expect to pay out probably $1,000 – $2,000 annually just in relation to my transplant for medication, clinic appointments, travel, lodging, etc…. None of which includes anything that I have to pay for in regards to the rest of my family. For those who have never had to deal with this kind of expense, and think the American Health Care system isn’t broken, I would suggest you need to think again.
Any way. I’m not going to hop on a soapbox to rant and rave about the rising costs of health care or how out of control big pharma is; I simply thought it all was very interesting and very left out of a lot of discussions. I know, I know, there isn’t a price tag on my life and the positive impact (usually) I have on my family, but expenses should be a topic of discussion when considering the well being of a family.
After all of that, I think I will just say…. thank you.