Cancer Costs Putting Treatment Out Of Reach Even For Patients With Insurance.

Reuters (6/7, Sherman) reports that cost studies presented at the American Society of Clinical Oncology meeting suggest that many patients with care are discontinuing their medical care because the costs are too high even for those with health insurance.
The Wall Street Journal (6/6, Hobson, Subscription Publication) “Health Blog” noted that according to one study of 216 patients with breast cancer, out-of-pocket medical costs averaged $712 a month. Notably, all but one of the respondents had health insurance, mostly Medicare, and 83% had a prescription-drug coverage plan. And, a study published recently in the Journal of Clinical Oncology found that about 13% of cancer patients spend more than 20% of their income on medical expenses and health insurance.


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