After the initial shock of learning that your child needs a BMT, it is important to start to plan for it as much as possible. In reality, not all families will have time to plan, because some diseases, like acute leukemia, have been found to respond best to transplant soon after diagnosis. And as medical care costs have increased tremendously, it is the rare family today that has extra funds available to cover the costs of a catastrophic illness.
We will start by looking at the typical types of expenses involved in a BMT, followed by suggestions of possible means and/or resources to help cover them. A more in-depth discussion of coverage of the medical expenses is contained in the sections on Insurance and Uninsured Children.