Episode 9

Published on:

15th May 2021

Breaking Down the Rare Disease Medical Bills

Raising a child with a rare condition can be difficult and very costly. 

The Everylife Foundation released a report in February 2021 that showed the overall economic burden of rare disease in the US is approaching ONE TRILLION DOLLARS every year. That is an attention-grabbing number. But what does it really mean? We explore this question through Raghav’s story.

Talking about finances can be uncomfortable and difficult. However, following a recent summary from their insurance company, Sanath had the opportunity to tally up the costs and he thinks it is important talk about them. It was relatively easy for him to look at the medical costs because there was a clear paper trail. He breaks down those costs and you may be surprised by what he found.

Next time, we will discuss the multiple unseen and unappreciated indirect costs that he and Ramya must bear.  

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About the Podcast

Raising Rare
Imagine the excitement of becoming a new parent and then within hours finding out your child has a serious developmental disorder.

That is exactly where Sanath Kumar Ramesh found himself in the summer of 2018. One year later, on his son’s first birthday, they found out that their son, Raghav, had an extremely rare mutation of the GPX4 gene. At the time, doctors told them that Raghav may be the only one on the planet with this genetic variant who had lived beyond one month of life. The prognosis is completely unknown.

They were alone.

They were scared.

And then they went into action.

And now they want to share their story.

Every couple of weeks Raising Rare will give you an update on baby Raghav as he grows up. We will also share how Sanath and his wife Ramya are driving toward a treatment for their son. We will explore the science that Sanath is initiating, their efforts to fund that research, and the people they meet along the way. We will also hear how the family adjusts to challenges and changes that they are faced with. Most importantly, we will share the wisdom they gain along the way so that other Rare Parents can learn from their steps and missteps.

We don’t know where this story will go. We do know we want you to join us for the journey.
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About your hosts

Sanath Kumar Ramesh

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Kevin Freiert

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