Dr. Steve O’Day understands that cost is a major concern for patients and urges oncologists to discuss the “big picture” with their patients so that they understand the full value of a treatment.
Dr. Steve O’Day believes a treatment’s value incorporates combination of benefits, side-effects, and cost, stating that if the cost is high, we need to make sure the benefits are huge as well.
Dr. S. Yosuf Zafar has found that out of pocket costs impact patient well-being, quality of life, and quality of care. He stresses that costs need to be reduced in order to provide the best medical treatment for all patients.
Dr. S. Yosuf Zafar talks about understanding and considering value from a societal perspective as well as value from the patient’s perspective when making decisions about cost-effectiveness.
Dr. S. Yosuf Zafar questions how to incorporate new agents into the standard of cancer care as many of these agents are both expensive and only useful for a small segment of patients.
Dr. Jorge Cortes addresses the difficulties patients have in dealing with the high cost of cancer treatments and calls for an effort to make these drugs more affordable. He asserts that physicians should try to help by understanding the needs of their patients, educating them, and involving their social workers [ Read More ]
Dr. Jorge Cortes ponders the cost of treatment versus the improvement in the standard of care, asking if what we are gaining is really worth the rising cost.
Dr. Alex Adjei offers options to make cancer care more cost-effective, such as selecting only patients who will benefit from treatment and continuing to offer treatments that will allow patients to remain in the workforce.
Dr. Alex Adjei addresses the high cost of cancer medicines and suggests various ways to improve cost-effectiveness.
According to Alexander Bastian, it’s very difficult to determine how to integrate cost into the equation of cancer care. He explains that cost should be considered early on and uses Dr. Zafar’s term of financial toxicity, meaning the burden of cost can be as bad or worse than a physical [ Read More ]