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Don’t have the Cash? Try Fundraising

30 Nov 2017
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No Money for COPD Cellular Treatments? Fundraise!

There is no doubt that one of the major obstacles facing a patient suffering with a lung disease like COPD is money.

Insurance doesn’t cover the treatment because it is still considered elective and it’s a treatment, not a drug.

We have had great success with our treatments, as more than 84 percent of our patients report an improved quality of life within three months of treatment as we address the progression of the disease.

But, not everyone has the money readily available to pay for the treatments, and many times our patient coordinators are asked what options are available.

Some have turned to relatives for a loan or a gift, but, again, not everyone has that option.

Common Fundraisers Work

One of the most common sources of dollars is fundraising.

You’ve most likely heard or seen stories of people raising money for medical procedures.

You can do it too!

Our patients have had bake sales, garage/yard sales, walkathons, potlucks and raffles, and they all work.

But, many of these take time and effort.

Crowdfunding, Simple and Effective



One of the most popular and easiest to do is with a crowdfunding website.

Crowdfunding is raising small amounts of money from a large number of people.

It was estimated that in 2015 more than $34 billion was raised.

The idea is there may not be one person who will contribute $1,000, but you might have 100 people contribute $10.

Same result.

You can manage the communications to friends and relatives spreading the word through Facebook, Twitter, and other social media resources.

Do a little research on these sites.

There are a few of them. Some are exclusively for medical purposes, while others are for any purpose.

The nice thing is all donations go right into the financial account you choose.

Some charge a small fee to handle the money.

One of the most popular is GoFundMe.com.

Other notable ones are Indiegogo and YouCaring.

Tap into Your FSA or HSA

Many people have Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA) or Health Savings Accounts (HSA) through their work or on their own.

It’s a way to set aside pretax dollars into an account that can be used to pay for qualified medical expenses not covered by insurance, and sometimes employers also contribute.

There are usually annual limits and HSAs rollover unused dollars into the next year, while FSAs are “use it or lose it” each year.

You will need to contact your insurance company to see if cellular therapys and harvesting are considered qualified expenses.

They are usually listed as “potentially.” Insurance companies usually have language like:

  • requires letter of medical necessity from healthcare provider, or
  • must be an existing or imminent medical condition to be considered for reimbursement.

Payment Plan

Regardless whether you try any of these fundraising options, there is also the option to set up a payment plan.

Typically, a company sends you a fixed-term loan with monthly payments.

Contact one of our patient coordinators to discuss that possibility.

The bottom line is we don’t want finances or lack of finances be the obstacle preventing you from getting this possibly life-altering treatment as soon as possible.

Recent research from the National Institutes of Health notes that lung function declines much more rapidly and earlier than previously thought.

For more information on cellular therapy and what it could mean for your life moving forward, contact us today or call us at (800) 729-3065.

Our patient coordinators will walk you through our available treatment options, discuss your current health and medical history and determine a qualifying treatment plan that works best for you.

The Lung Institute supports National COPD Awareness Month in November sponsored by the US COPD Coalition.

November 15 is designated as World COPD Awareness Day.


  1. Lung Institute

    4 months ago


    Thank you for your question. We collect patient outcomes data, and 84.5% of patients included in the study report an improvement in their quality of life after receiving treatment from a Lung Institute clinic.

    We have done research and continue to do research to make sure the patient receives the best quality of care. We have published a White Paper with our latest findings, which you can find on our resources page. For more information about treatment options and about our study, please feel free to contact us at (855) 313-1149.


    The Lung Institute

  2. ken

    4 months ago

    I have COPD and pulmonary embolism. anY chance cells will help me?

  3. Lung Institute

    5 months ago


    Thank you for your comment and question. The closest clinic would be Pittsburgh. We have four other clinics, but none as close. Our treatments are outpatient over two days, so it would require staying overnight one day.

    Because treatment cost varies depending on treatment type, it’s best to speak one-on-one with one of our well-qualified patient coordinators. They have a wealth of knowledge about cellular therapy, treatment options, candidacy and cost. Chronic lung diseases affect everyone differently, so we can best help you by speaking with you over the phone. Feel free to contact us at (855) 313-1149, and we look forward to hearing from you soon.


    The Lung Institute

  4. Joe

    5 months ago

    i’m on disability. What is the cost of cell therapy? Can you give me a rough idea of what’s required – would i need to stay at one of your facilities; for how long. I live across the state (scranton area) are there any other programs available closer to me?

  5. Lung Institute

    5 months ago


    We are sorry to hear about your condition. Unfortunately, it is not a treatment that can be performed by your doctor. You would need to come to one of our five clinics around the United States. You may want to talk with your doctor and see if they might be able to arrange transportation to one of our clinics.

    We’re happy to answer your questions about cellular therapy for chronic lung diseases. We have a dedicated medical team who have a wealth of knowledge about cellular therapy, treatment options, candidacy, cost and more. So, feel free to give us a call at (855) 313-1149. We look forward to hearing from you soon.


    The Lung Institute

  6. Renee Allen

    5 months ago

    I live in a very small town and I am mostly homebound. I would love to take this step, is there any way my medical dr here can do this? Im in need os help in a huge way. I need a miracle

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