Cancer Is One Of The Most Expensive Disease, And It Is Becoming More And More Expensive – Part 1 of 3
Cancer Is One Of The Most Expensive Disease, And It Is Becoming More And More Expensive. Millions of Americans with a yesterday’s news of cancer, markedly people under age 65, are delaying or skimping on medical care because of worries about the cost of treatment, a new study suggests. The finding raises troubling questions about the long-term survival and nobility of life of the 12 million adults in the United States whose lives have been forever changed by a diagnosis of cancer. “I think it’s concerning because we recognize that cancer survivors have many medical needs that keep up for years after their diagnosis and treatment,” said study lead author Kathryn E Weaver, an assistant professor in the Department of Social Sciences & Health Policy at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, NC.
The article was published online June 14 in Cancer, a journal of the American Cancer Society. Cost concerns have posed a forewarning to cancer survivorship for some time, particularly with the advent of new, life-prolonging treatments. Dr Patricia Ganz, a professor in the Department of Health Services at the University of California, Los Angeles School of Public Health, served on the Institute of Medicine panel that wrote the 2005 report, From Cancer Patient to Cancer Survivor: Lost in Transition. “One of the things that we genuinely emphasized was lack of insurance, particularly for follow-up care”.
CancerCare, a New York City-based nonprofit support group for cancer patients, provides co-payment assistance for permanent cancer medications. “Cancer is a vey expensive disease and it’s becoming more and more expensive,” said Jeanie M Barnett, CancerCare’s director of communications. “The costs of the drugs are flourishing up. So, too, is the proportion that the patient pays out of pocket”.