A Plan To Fix Cancer Care

“A Plan To Fix Cancer Care.” By Ezekiel J. Emanuel, The New York Times.

This year, more than 1.6 million Americans — 0.5 percent of the population — will receive a diagnosis of cancer. Their treatment will consume at least 5 percent of the country’s health care spending, at a cost that is growing faster . . . → Read More: A Plan To Fix Cancer Care

Bitter Pill: Why Medical Bills Are Killing Us

“Bitter Pill: Why Medical Bills Are Killing Us.” By Steven Brill, Time (PDF).

Over the past few decades, we’ve enriched the labs, drug companies, medical device makers, hospital administrators and purveyors of CT scans, MRIs, canes and wheelchairs. Meanwhile, we’ve squeezed the doctors who don’t own their own clinics, don’t work as drug or device . . . → Read More: Bitter Pill: Why Medical Bills Are Killing Us

Breast Screening Costs High for Seniors

“Breast Screening Costs High for Seniors.” By Nancy Walsh, MedPage today

Costs associated with screening for breast cancer among older women remain high, with considerable geographic variation as well as some potentially undesirable implications for diagnosis, a retrospective study found. The annual cost to Medicare for breast cancer screening among women 66 and older was . . . → Read More: Breast Screening Costs High for Seniors