Individual Financial Counseling Support
At St. Joseph/Candler, we want our patients to be able to concentrate on their recovery. We are happy to serve you with a variety of financial resources to help relieve your financial stress along your road to recovery.
If you or a family member are diagnosed with cancer, the first thing you should do is discuss any concerns you may have about costs directly with your doctor, a nurse navigator, a social worker or a financial counselor available at Nancy N. and J.C. Lewis Cancer & Research Pavilion.
By talking about your medical cost concerns up front and determining your best plan of action, you can focus all your energy on healing. Our financial counselors are specially trained and committed to helping get your family the tools you need to make a speedy recovery.
To contact Candler Hospital Financial Counseling please call 912-819-8094.
Additional Financial Resources
The U.S. government offers many programs to assist cancer patients and their families with additional medical coverage, including Medicare, veterans assistance, and financial support for low-income women, Social Security disability and many others. To see if you qualify for any government financial assistance program, contact the following resources:
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 404-639-3311; 800-311-3435 (toll-free).
- Department of Veterans Affairs, 202-273-5400 (Washington, D.C. office); 800-827-1000 (toll-free; reaches local VA office).
- National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship (NCCS), 301-650-9127.
- Local Social Security Office, 430 Mall Boulevard, Savannah, GA 31406, 912-353-7059.
- Civic and religious organizations may offer financial assistance or services for people with cancer and their families. Groups such as the Salvation Army, United Way, Lutheran Social Services and Catholic Social Services can be found in the Yellow Pages under “Social Service Organizations.” Churches and synagogues may also be able to provide transportation, babysitting and home care services.
- The local American Cancer Society has financial planners and case managers available to help answer any questions or concerns you have. You may contact the ACS at 912-355-5196 or 800-227-2345 (toll-free).
- Pharmaceutical company co-pay assistance programs. Consult a social worker for more information (depends on diagnosis and prescribed treatment).
- MedBank Foundation, Inc. assists underinsured patients in obtaining prescription medications at reduced or no charge from pharmaceutical companies. See a social worker for more information.