The first Sunday in June, thousands of people gather to observe National Cancer Survivors Day. According to the National Survivors Day Foundation, National Cancer Survivors Day is “a celebration for those who have survived, an inspiration for those recently diagnosed, a gathering of support for families, and an outreach to the community.” With an estimated 1,735,350 new cases diagnosed in the U.S. last year alone, a day dedicated to spreading awareness, preventing, treating, and beating cancer is more important now than ever before.

Unfortunately, according to a recent study conducted by the Health Care Cost Institute, prices continue to inhibit people seeking cancer care. The average cost of healthcare for an individual hit an all-time high with an increase of 4.2% year over year (a total of nearly 18 percent from 2013–2018). While these rising prices are frustrating on their own, it gets worse. The overall utilization of services only grew by 0.2%. This means that Americans are paying more money for less or the same amount of provided services.

While this is a conundrum that affects men, women, and children all across the country, those living with disabilities have a significantly harder time affording care. Fortunately, our advocates here at Disability Help Center are constantly conducting research to find local organizations and nonprofits who are dedicated to providing help to the millions of Americans struggling with healthcare prices. Clinics, such as Volunteers in Medicine of Southern Nevada, Hope Medical and Dental Clinic, Nevada Health Center OBGYN, and The Center for LGBTQ Studies, all accept most major private insurance, as well as free or sliding fees for low-income families and individuals.

If the rising cost of healthcare services has you feeling frustrated and anxious, or if you, or someone you know, are struggling with a disability, don’t hesitate to reach out to our advocates here at Disability Help Center. We can put you in touch with someone in the healthcare field who can get you the care you need at a price you can afford.


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