Calculating the Cost of Cancer

As discussed in my post of April 4, 2015 with the same title as this page, I'm posting some of the details of the costs associated with my cancer treatment as I think the cost of medical treatment is something that ought to be discussed in more concrete terms. 

And for what it's worth, remember that I'm not really undergoing aggressive treatment. As a result, I have no doubt the costs of my treatment are far less than those faced my most other cancer patients. 

I'll update the table as new or better information comes in -- making sense of medical bills is not my strong suit. 
Cancer Treatment Costs
(Current as of February 15, 2015)

Date
  Event
  Total
Ins.
Mine
Poof!
June '14  GH Urgent care diagnosis
  750
730
20
-
June '14  Surgery at Virginia Mason
       42,900
     29,800
       300
     12,800
Jul-Dec '14  GH Chemotherapy (9 cycles)
unknown*

360

Jul-Dec '14  GH Scans (3 scans)
unknown*

60

Jul '14   SCCA Consult
347



Nov '14  SCCA Consult
uknown**



Jan '15  Swedish Consult
573
391
43
139
Jan '15  Initial SCCA Visit
15,148
12,178
1,353
1,617
Jan '15  Initial SCCA (PA)
239
149
20
70
Jan '15  Xeloda
3,747
3,747
Jan '15  SCCA Labs
4,111
176
3,844
-
Feb '15  SCCA Visit
15,323
13,319
375
1,629
Feb '15  SCCA Visit (PA)
239
149
20
70
Feb '15  Xeloda
3,350
3,350
-
-
Mar '15  SCCA Scan
8,682
2,107
-
6,575
Feb '15  SCCA Scan (Radiologist)
475
16
228
231
Feb '15  SCCA Visit
15,751

Feb '15  SCCA Visit (Oncologist)
239
149
20
70
Feb '15  Xeloda
3,350
3,350
-
-
Mar '15  SCCA Visit
17,170
Mar '15  SCCA Visit (PA)
239
149
20
70
Mar '15  Xeloda
3,350
3,350
-
-
Apr '15  SCCA Visit (Oncologist)
170
107
20
44
  SCCA Visit
15,869
  Xeloda
3,351
Apr '15  SCCA Visit (Oncologist)
170
107
20
44
  SCCA Visit
15,760
  Xeloda
3,351
May '15  UW Medicine (Scan)
475
Jun '15  SCCA Scan
8,766
Jun '15  SCCA Visit
15,116
  Xeloda
3,351
June '15  UW Medicine
870
June '15  SCCA Scan
980
June '15  SCCA Visit
15,869
  Xeloda
3,351
July '15  SCCA Visit
17,198
  SCCA Visit (Oncologist)
170
107
20
44
  Xeloda
3,351
Aug '15  SCCA Visit
20,348
  SCCA Visit (PA)
242
149
20
72
  Xeloda
2,514
Aug '15  SCCA Visit
16,994
  SCCA Visit (PA)
170
100
20
50
  Xeloda
3,351
Sept '15  UW Medicine
242
  Xeloda
3,351
Sept '15  SCCA Visit (w/o Infusion)
3,649
Sept '15  UW Medicine
242
156
20
66
Sept '15  UW Medicine (MRI Scan?)
9,110
Sept '15  SCCA Scan
9,448
Oct '15  SCCA Visit
200
Oct '15  SCCA Visit
20,200
Oct '15  Xeloda
2,933
  Xeloda
2,933
Oct '15  UW Medicine
242
Nov '15  UW Medicine
242
156
20
66
Nov '15  SCCA Visit
31,068
  Xeloda
2,933
Nov '15  SCCA Scan
8,707
Dec '15  SCCA Visit (Oncologist)
170
110
20
40
Dec '15  SCCA Visit
29,820
  Xeloda
2,933
Dec '15  SCCA Visit
21,378
  Xeloda
2,933
Jan '16  SCCA Scan
9,470
Feb '16  SCCA Visit
28,546
  Xeloda
2,933
Total to Date
481,450
74,101
6,823
23,696

* Since Group Health is both a provider and insurer, I didn't always get detailed bills for their services. I just paid the $20 co-pay and that took care of it.

** There was a time when I was good at managing paperwork. Those days are gone, and I've clearly lost some of the records for my cancer treatment.

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