Read this insightful reflection about balancing oncology costs with results I found this afternoon on Cancer Network.com:

The high cost of oncology is gaining a lot of attention these days. With cancer care accounting for ten percent of healthcare costs, payers are hungry to find ways to be more frugal. As oncologists, it is in our best interest, as well as the best interest of our patients, to take a proactive, leadership role in finding solutions that sustain our ability to deliver high-quality care…

Does Evidence-Based Medicine Really Reduce Costs?
By Michael A. Kolodziej, MD – March 16, 2011

Click on the story headline above to read the story.  Unfortunately, no easy answers.  Dr. Kolodziej makes some good, basic points, like selecting or substituting less expensive drugs and not pushing their use “late in the game.”

Sounds good.  Who is going to be the first family to step up and select the less expensive, somewhat less effective drug–then agree to allow their loved one to move on to hospice care without trying other options?

I’m not being as critical as it sounds.  Just realistic.  Its like budget cuts.  Everyone is for them–until it affects you!

Feel good and keep smiling!

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