On Trend, Cancer Expenses Double

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The cost of treating cancer has doubled over the past 20 years, but those costs are in line with overall trends in health spending. And while more people are getting cancer as the U.S. population ages, treatment has shifted away from hospitals to outpatient settings, finds a study in today's edition of the journal Cancer.


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Fri May 14, 2010 06:44 AM

I don't want to appear rude but you sound like a politician in bad need of new facts. In Feb 1998 my total cost for radiation treatment was just over $4,000. At the time I was rather irritated because insurance cost seemed like little more than prepaid health care. In march 2008 the first treatment was $2,500 there after it was $1,300 per day for 6 weeks. You read too much senseless material aimed at misleading the general public which is considered to be ignorant.

"Out-of-pocket costs paid by patients, including co-pays and deductibles, fell by 7%."

I lost private insurance and am now into medicare. My out of pocket costs are incredibly high. I am currently trying to find out why every plan I have looked at seems to be more than 100% higher. Last year a $180 bottle of Lyrica cost me $10. Now that I have Medicare it just cost me $140. Health insurance through my wife's employer was costing $65 twice monthly to cover both of us. I now have to pay $110.50 a month for basic medicare plus part D and it only covers me. It covers so little it is debateable as to whether or not it's worth having. Doctors have made it quite clear I will not get the same care I was getting with private insurance. Some now refuse to see me, they do not accept medicare patients.

Please get a few real world numbers and try again.

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