Rising Cancer Costs Makes Treatement Unavailable for Some


Cost studies presented at the 2011 Annual Meeting of the American Society for Clinical Oncology discussed the rising cost of cancer treatment. In 2010, the cost of cancer care was $124 billion nationally. Even those with insurance struggle to pay for care.  Patients who were responsible for higher co-pays stopped taking their drugs more often than those who were responsible for lower co-pays; oral anti-cancer drugs are not reimbursed in the same manner as intravenous anti-cancer drugs and usually have a higher patient cost. The average out of pocket cost for people in one study was just above $700 per month.

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