Cancer's next frontier: addressing high and increasing costs.

  title={Cancer's next frontier: addressing high and increasing costs.},
  author={Elena B. Elkin and Peter B. Bach},
  volume={303 11},
THE DIRECT MEDICAL COSTS OF CANCER HAVE INCREASED substantially in the past 2 decades. By one set of estimates, expenditures increased from about $27 billion in 1990 to more than $90 billion in 2008, a more than2-fold increaseevenafter adjusting for inflation(FIGURE). The high cost of cancer treatment often leads to financial hardship for patients and their families, including those with health insurance. Median out-of-pocket medical spending was more than $1500 in 2003-2004 for privately… CONTINUE READING