EXPERTS SUPPORT CALL FOR LOWER CANCER DRUG PRICES

EXPERTS SUPPORT CALL FOR LOWER CANCER DRUG PRICES

A group of 118 leading cancer experts have developed a list of proposals designed to reduce the cost of cancer drugs. Also in support of a grassroots patient protest movement to pressure drug companies to charge what they deem a fair value for treatments. Experts include former presidents of the American Society of Clinical Oncology and the American Society of Hematology. An insured cancer patient who needs a drug that costs $120,000 a year would pay as much as $30,000 in out-of-pocket costs, which is more than half of the average U.S. household income of $52,000.

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A Real Source of the Increasing Costs of Health Care

A Real Source of the Increasing Costs of Health Care

During the recent health care debate, the rising costs of health care were frequently discussed. Many theories exist as to what is driving these costs upwards, with common targets of blame being tests done for defensive medicine purposes, increased use of new imaging techniques, and the rising costs of prescription medication.

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