Hepatitis C is a blood-borne viral infection of the liver that can lead to liver cancer, liver failure, and death. Many free clinics cannot afford the expensive Hepatitis C medications for their patients, which cost tens of thousands of dollars.
With $10,000, we can help 16 people in need lower their burden on costs of hepatitis C treatments this month.
More About Hepatitis C
Hepatitis C is the leading cause of liver-related deaths.
In New York City, 11,847 new people reported chronic Hepatitis C in 2016.
More than half (53%) of Hepatitis C patients come from highly or very highly impoverished areas of New York City.3
In other words, the majority of people who have Hepatitis C are ones who cannot afford the costly treatment regimen.
12-week treatment regimens for Hepatitis C virus range from $83,320-$94,500, and even up to $147,000 by list price.
At least 25% of patients may require 24 weeks of treatment.
Hepatitis C treatment is covered by Medicare Part B with 20% copay by the patient.
This means that treatment for one person per month is $5,488-$6,300, and up to $9,800.
Your vote and your donation can help raise $10,000 to help 16 people in need with their Hepatitis C treatment costs .
1. New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. Hepatitis B and C in New York City. (New York, NY, 2016).
2. Hoshida, Y., Fuchs, B. C., Bardeesy, N., Baumert, T. F. & Chung, R. T. Pathogenesis and prevention of hepatitis C virus-induced hepatocellular carcinoma. J Hepatol 61, S79-90, doi:10.1016/j.jhep.2014.07.010 (2014).
3. Chahal, H. S. et al. Cost-effectiveness of Early Treatment of Hepatitis C Virus Genotype 1 by Stage of Liver Fibrosis in a US Treatment-Naive Population. JAMA Intern Med 176, 65-73, doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2015.6011 (2016).
4. Iyengar, S. et al. Prices, Costs, and Affordability of New Medicines for Hepatitis C in 30 Countries: An Economic Analysis. PLoS Med 13, e1002032, doi:10.1371/journal.pmed.1002032 (2016).