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July 27, 2007

Cancer Treatments Across The World

You guys should read Jon Cohn's terrific new piece on whether Europe really does offer less effective, less techi-ntensive care than we do. And as always, keep in mind: Their results are being achieved at half our expense and with full coverage of their citizenry.

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The answer is that NO they do not pay for the same "advanced" chemo drugs that the USA pays for.

The second answer is that NO it makes no difference in mortality.

We have all kinds of hot-shot $250k per round chemo drugs that Euro govts refuse to pay for. But those hot-shot treatments only extend life by maybe 4 weeks and many studies show no statistically significant benefit from them.

The Euros are doing this right. They recognize that the drugs are so ridiculously expensive and that they do very little to improve mortality benefit so they arent going to waste public taxpayer money on it.

Now if they would just apply that same logic to bullshit "alternative" treatments that have no basis in reality like homeopathy. Its outrageoius that the UK NHS pays for that crap.

Posted by: joe blow | Jul 27, 2007 5:56:59 PM

check this out from the Ny Times today:

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/07/29/health/29Cancer.html?_r=1&hp=&adxnnl=1&oref=slogin&adxnnlx=1185646747-7+/U/LNq1jIfJXNNOJZU3Q

Talks about cancer care in the US. It's what I suspected from personal experience.

Posted by: akaison | Jul 28, 2007 2:20:28 PM

Sure, but are the Europeans providing the same level of profits to their corporate citizens?

Posted by: rlaing | Jul 30, 2007 5:35:01 PM

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