There are a few reasons that you might be looking for Orlando Hep C treatment without insurance coverage. Many of our patients are uninsured, while others have insurance plans with high copays, high deductibles, and other co-insurance charges that create barriers to care. At Harmony Healthcare Orlando, we provide treatment to patients regardless of their insurance status or ability to pay. In this blog, we will discuss some facts about hepatitis C treatment and what you can expect.
Hepatitis C is an infection of the liver that is caused by the hepatitis C virus (HCV), and is transmitted through contact with the blood of someone who is positive for the virus. It causes the liver to become inflamed or damaged, which affects its function.
A hepatitis C infection can be either acute or chronic, and every chronic hepatitis C infection begins as an acute infection. Many people with an acute infection do not have symptoms, and do not feel or look sick.
Someone with a chronic hepatitis C infection may not have any symptoms or might have very general symptoms – like depression or chronic fatigue. If left untreated, a chronic infection can lead to complications, such as:
Seeking the care of a medical professional for treatment can stop these problems from getting worse, improve them, or even prevent them altogether.
If you have hepatitis C, it could be years before any signs or symptoms appear. Because of this, if you think you may have come in contact with someone who is positive for hepatitis C and believe you are at risk, it is important to get tested.
Recent CDC estimates show that there are 2.4 million people living with hepatitis C in the United States. If you test positive, you are far from alone. In fact, the CDC recommends that everyone be tested for hepatitis C at least once in their lifetime.
The initial test used to diagnose hepatitis C is an HCV test, sometimes referred to as an anti-HCV test. This test detects antibodies in your bloodstream, so a sample will be collected by drawing your blood. If this test comes back positive, an HCV RNA test will be given, which can tell your doctor if you have an active infection.
Hepatitis C is curable, and the oral therapy needed to treat it is over 90% effective with very few side effects. Your Orlando Hep C treatment is as simple as taking your prescribed pills for 8 to 12 weeks from the comfort of your home.
At Harmony Healthcare Orlando, we provide testing and treatment at no cost for our patients. This is important to us because hepatitis C is treated through oral therapy, and the average 12-week course can range in price from $39,000 to $94,000, depending on the type of medication and the manufacturer. A recent study found that over 52% of private insurance companies deny coverage for these medications for patients.
Statistics like this show us how important it is to provide accessible health care for our patients that does not depend on their insurance status or any other factors. To discuss your Orlando Hep C treatment options, call our office or fill out our online contact form. We provide a safe, private, and personalized space to receive the treatment and testing you need.