New tool to compare costs, benefits of cancer treatments: Reuters

Filed Under: Costs, Health plans, Patients

Summary: “As options for cancer patients become increasingly complicated, and expensive, the most influential source for U.S. oncology treatment guidelines will for the first time offer a tool to assess the costs versus benefits of available therapies,” Deena Beasley of Reuters writes. “The National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) says its new tool will provide a […]

What does radiation treatment cost? Charge $23,172.13, cost $3,806. An insider’s story.

Filed Under: Costs, Patients, Providers

SUMMARY: We can be tempted to think that insiders in the world of health care don’t understand the effects of their choices about pricing. Nothing could be further from the truth. We have met a number of people in the industry who are deeply concerned about the future, and who are taking their own steps […]

Paying cash for cancer care: Advice on costs from members at SmartPatients.com

Filed Under: Costs, Patients, Providers

Smartpatients.com provides a private, state-of-the-art forum for conversations among cancer patients, family members, and friends. By sharing information, experience, and mutual support, everyone learns to handle their situation better and lives are changed. The free service is supported by researchers and companies who pay for brief, insightful surveys and anonymous aggregated opinions from the membership. […]