American Cancer Society visits Stoddard to promote affordable cancer care

STODDARD, Wis. (WKBT) – The American Cancer Society says health care should be a right for everyone.

In the United States, cancer is the second leading cause of death.

“It’s hard for us to find an American family that hasn’t been touched in one way or another by cancer and has to fight through it,” said Ron Kind, the representative for the 3rd congressional district. of Wisconsin.

For those who survive, the side effects of cancer treatment can create new health problems.

“100 different medical conditions and symptoms and late effects from my treatment,” said Mariah Forster Olson, a cancer survivor from Galesville.

Problems that require medical attention, frequently.

“I see almost every specialty, I have diagnoses all the time, I’ve had 48 different surgeries,” Olson said.

Olson was diagnosed with neuroblastoma when he was one year old. Neuroblastoma is a cancerous tumor that usually sits above a kidney.

“Mine came out of my spine, wrapped around part of my heart, and took up almost the entire right side of my chest,” she said.

Olson, who has since been treated for her cancer, is now dealing with the side effects of her treatment. Before being covered by Medicaid and Medicare, Olson and her husband had a co-payment for Olson’s medications.

“In some cases it was up to $100, so when you take and get filled about 30 prescriptions a month, it really adds up,” she said.

High drug costs and co-payments drove Olson and her husband into credit card debt. She also started skipping doctor’s appointments.

“We could have missed some things in the past and there were things I should have done but didn’t,” Olson said.

The American Cancer Society said Wisconsin lawmakers should agree to Medicare and Medicaid expansion to make health care affordable in the state of Wisconsin. The nonprofit says Congress should cap out-of-pocket prescription drug costs for Medicare Part D patients.

“It’s one of the biggest cost drivers in the healthcare system,” Kind said.

Republican state Sen. Ron Johnson said he believes in a healthcare system based on consumer choice and free markets that would give Americans the lowest price possible.

But Olson says the answer is simple.

“Affordable health care should be a right in this county, not a privilege,” she said.

News 8 Now reached out to Johnson for comment but he was unavailable.

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