Posted 2/16/2017 by hhill
The title pretty much sums up one of the real problems in health care today. Our focus is cancer and cancer drugs, but the same issues apply for many other worrisome medical conditions--or even for some things that are less serious but worry people.
This issue comes up almost daily in my work as I talk with people who have advanced cancer, have discussed a potential new drug therapy with their doctor, and are very distressed re how to proceed. The upset is, of course, primarily due to the overall situation of having advanced disease, but it is really upsetting to believe that a particular medication might help and then discover that the cost/co-pay/co-insurance/deductible is going to be thousands of dollars a month and that there is no certainty that it really will help.