Insurance Company Denies Cancer Therapy While Life Hangs in the Balance


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A father of two in St. Louis battling cancer was denied insurance coverage of the only hopeful treatment available to him. Who decides how much a treatment costs to a patient? How are those costs decided? It’s time for patients to have fair and affordable access to medication.

The hospital told him he would be charged $44,000 for each injection. He needs two. The drug company says they charge the hospital only $16,000 per dose. The discrepancy is one of the maddening things about rising health care costs in America. There is little transparency or consistency in who pays how much for what.

Not only is a father of two in St. Louis battling cancer being denied insurance coverage of the only hopeful treatment available to him – but even if he is able to pay for it on his own, there’s great discrepancy in cost. Who decides how much a treatment costs to a patient? How are those costs decided?

It’s time for patients to have fair and affordable access to medication.

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Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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