Experts Urge New Methods To Curb Cancer Drug Costs
Experts attending the American Society of Clinical Oncology's annual conference this week are urging new tactics to curb the rising costs of cancer treatments. The experts said the current U.S. health care system uses payment policies that incentivize the use of costly drugs regardless of whether the treatments are more effective than less-costly alternatives. They noted that some cancer treatments cost so much that they prevent studies that would compare their efficacy with less-costly drugs.
- "Oncologists Urge Frank Evaluation of Cancer Drugs' Costs and Value" (Rice/Ross Johnson, Modern Healthcare, 6/2).