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Obtaining Remicade for year abroad


Tue, August 11, 2020 11:23 AM

My daughter will be studying abroad for the year and I'm having a very difficult time trying to figure out how to get the Remicade to her prior to each infusion.  I was told that in Israel where she will be the cost of Remicade is $3,000 per treatment.  My other options are to find someone traveling to Israel each time she needs infusion to bring medicine to her.  This is questionable during coronavirus quarantine requirements.  Questionable who will be traveling.  Other option to bring her home every 8 weeks which also doesn't make sense with quarantine requirements. Medicine needs to be at room temperature so shipping it might be problematic.  I'm trying to figure out how to get multiple vials ahead of time. Im not having luck with the doctor's office or insurance company.  These are uncharted waters for everyone.  Thanks so much 

FPO Cpr
Joined Aug 11, 2020

Wed, November 04, 2020 11:33 AM

Reply posted for administrator.

The cost of Remicade can be expensive if you have no health insurance to cover the cost.   It will be important for you to find a health care provider and health insurance in the United States before you arrive.
 
Finding a Physician
 
Although the foundation is not able to recommend a specific physician or treatment center, we can direct you to some resources which will help you identify some doctors and centers.   It may also be helpful to research international medical insurance.
 
Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation Physician members  
International Association for Medical Assistance to Travellers https://www.iamat.org/
http://www.crohnscolitisfoundation.org/living-with-crohns-colitis/find-a-doctor/
 Student Health Insurance
 
If you are a full-time student, you can get health insurance through your university.  You may also need to purchase a supplemental drug plan.    Contact your school to find out about health insurance.

FPO administrator
Joined Oct 12, 2017

Thu, October 29, 2020 9:22 AM

Reply posted for amandac.

I did tons of research and was not able to find any insurance company willing to insure pre-existing conditions. The only options I came up with was either paying out of pocket or finding people traveling to that country and having them bring it over.  Best of luck.

FPO Cpr
Joined Aug 11, 2020

Thu, October 29, 2020 9:11 AM

Reply posted for Cpr.

Hello! hope you're doing fine and could solve your issue! 

I'm Amanda and I'm from Brazil, but I'm having the same issue, but the opposite way: how to get my inflix in the U.S. I'll be moving also to study next year and I can't see a way to get it there. Could you give me any tips of the best isurances that cover the medication and infusions there? 

Thnaks in advance!

FPO amandac
Joined Oct 29, 2020

Thu, October 29, 2020 8:54 AM

Reply posted for Cpr.

Hi! hope you could solve her issue!

I'm Amanda and I'm from Brazil but I'm having kinda the same issue, but the opposite way, from Brazil to the U.S. I'll be moving to the U.S with a J1 visa (work one) and I take my inflix every 8 weeks, but I'm not seeing a way to have it in the U.S. Could you give me any tip of what's the best insurance to get it there? thanks in advance!

FPO amandac
Joined Oct 29, 2020

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