Weighing Cost and Care: An Oncologist’s Debate

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Cost is a societal factor in the provision of medicines. Oncologists should work in the best interests of their patients and provide the treatments that give patients the most benefit, the fewest side effects, and the best chances of survival.

Some clinicians may step outside the care?provision service and move into providing advice on reimbursement. In those situations, cost should be part of their considerations.