Skip to comments.New cancer cures insurers won’t cover
Posted on 05/12/2013 1:30:14 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
Advances in cancer treatment are saving lives and cutting health-care costs. But because many health-insurance plans havent caught up with the times, nearly half of all cancer patients are forced to choose between the treatment that could save their lives or one thats paid for.
John Rykert had been battling advanced basal-cell carcinoma for two decades by cutting out the tumors as they appeared. In 2009, after 20 surgeries lasting 10 hours each, Rykerts doctor said that the cancer had spread so far that the only option left would be to carve out half his face. But then Rykert was given Erivedge, then an experimental drug, which shut down the genetic mutation causing his skin cancer to spread.
Erivedge shrank Rykerts tumors almost immediately and shut down the skin cancer. He suffered some hair loss and muscle cramps, but four years later he is alive....
(Excerpt) Read more at nypost.com ...
No, but cancer patients will still love our Dear Leader because they can have all the free condoms they want!
The author seems oblivious to the idea that pharmaceutical companies might price their products according to market forces, rather than the idea that insurers (meaning the consumers who are actually picking up the tab for the drugs) should just open their checkbooks. I doubt those drugs are priced so high in Canada and Mexico.
We pay more for health care (and education, too) than any other country on the planet with results that are mediocre at best.
Indeed the word cure isn’t in ObamaCare.
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