The costs of care for people participating in a clinical trial fall into two general categories: routine care costs and research costs.
Routine care costs are costs associated with treating a person's cancer whether or not they are in a trial. These costs are usually covered by health insurance, but requirements vary by state and type of health plan.
Research costs are costs associated with conducting a clinical trial; these costs may include the costs of extra doctor visits, extra tests, and procedures that are required for the trial but would not be part of routine care. Research costs are usually covered by the organization that sponsors the trial.
It is important to investigate how the costs of care will be covered before participating in a clinical trial.