Cost of Side Effects of Treatment Should Be Factored into Cost of Care

Often, the cost of care for a treatment does not include the cost of visitos to the provider or the cost of addressing side-effects. This calculation does not encompass the full cost of care for a new treatment regiment or drug. Now, some are calling for these other costs to be included when considering the cost of care, as these are significant. For example, “[t]reating metastatic breast cancer can run from $3000 to $8000 per month for each patient, and the additional cost of treatment-related toxicities with commonly used chemotherapy can add another $3000 to $4000 to that total…”

 

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