Should I get treatment for HCV? Now? Later? Standard of Care or a Clinical Trial? How will I pay for it? Will I have to quit my job? Will my personality change? What effect will it have on my family life?
And that’s just the beginning! It’s natural to have lots of questions, and smart to ask. Don’t be shy.
This guide by Lucinda K. Porter, RN and published by the HCV Advocate is a great place to start. Although it is written in the USA, most of it applies to Canada as well.
Money and finances play key roles in any treatment plan. This is especially true now when there are some new treatments approved for use in Canada that aren’t yet available through PharmaCare.
Financial planning is a part of treatment planning – from details about financial coverage for medications, to questions about reduced hours or availability of sick time at work, if necessary, during treatment.