A Comprehensive Look at Clinical Trials
There should be no financial cost to you as a trial participant. Trial medication is always free, and the drug company or research site conducting the trial usually pays for all lab tests. However, some trials expect your private insurance or Medicaid to pay for some lab tests and other medications that might be used. Make sure that you understand how this works before agreeing to join.
Some trials pay participants. There are different reasons for getting paid to participate in a trial:
Some Thoughts on Payment
Your health comes first. The highest paying trials are usually Phase I trials. These trials can be time-consuming and risky. They may require you to stop taking all of your other anti-HIV medications. Make the decision to join a clinical trial based on the possible benefits to your health, not for the money.
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