The Cost of Living With Lupus
So many things add up to the cost of living with lupus. Let’s look at some of them. Then, if you’d like to find ways to tackle some of these expenses, read Find Financial Help.
Understanding all the ways lupus costs me may be my first step to taking control.
Scheduled doctor’s appointments
Managing life with a chronic illness means seeing your healthcare providers regularly. The costs for a visit to the doctor’s office will vary. You may find yourself having to pay:
- Insurance deductible
- Lab tests, such as blood tests or screenings
You may also have to pay to get to and from your visits.
As someone living with lupus, you probably see many types of doctors and specialists,specialists: healthcare providers with additional training or certificates related to certain diseases or conditions. such as a rheumatologist, a doctor who specializes in the musculoskeletal system and autoimmune conditions. Depending on what part of the body is being affected by lupus, you may have an even bigger healthcare team, made up of nephrologists (kidneys), dermatologists (skin), gastroenterologists (digestive system), hematologists (blood), or neurologists (brain and nerves).
If you’re referred to a specialist, follow through with the appointment. Even though it may cost more than seeing other healthcare providers, their expertise can be worth the extra cost!