Cost of Antirejection Drugs for patients under age 65
Right now, Medicare will pay for the cost of anti-rejection drugs for people under the age of 65 for only 3 years. So if you're 58 and you get a transplant, by age 61 you have to pay for them yourself. I've read that the cost of anti-rejection drugs for kidney transplant patients can range anywhere from $40,000.00 - $77,000.00 per year. If you are self employed, how can people under age 65 afford this? Does anyone have any experience with this?
Right now, I have Medicare and Medicaid with a buy-in. I paid maybe $13 this first month for my meds. Once I go back to my job, I'll have that as secondary insurance. After the three year limit, I will have to find a health plan from the market.