(NBC News) – Beating cancer doesn’t just take a toll on a patient’s body, it also takes a toll on their wallet.
According to a new report, a quarter of survivors are dealing with financial hardships.
They are spending an average of $1,000 on out-of-pocket costs in medical care in a year, compared to the $622 non-cancer patients spend.
Cancer survivors are also more likely to borrow money, go into debt, and file for bankruptcy.
But they are also dealing with psychological hardships with 34 percent saying they worry about the large medical bills.
Those without insurance coverage are more likely to have more financial hardships than those with private insurance.