Oncologists and Cost Issues

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I think oncologists have to concern themselves with cost issues. I can tell you that many oncologists would just as soon not get involved in that. It’s enough for them to stay up with what the most efficacious drug is, or efficacious test, let alone worry about how much it costs.

Back when I first started to see patients? it hasn’t been that many years ago?we really didn’t take cost into account. We didn’t know the cost of many therapies or tests. Now, most oncologists I know do, at least, give more than lip service to what the cost is.

That’s probably good. Since they order therapies and drugs, having a sense as to how it impacts the healthcare system is probably a good idea.