A blog reader sent this to me, and I wanted to pass it on.
I follow your blog and thought you might be interested to know about a new initiative launched by a coalition of patient advocacy organizations during the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO). Led by the International Myeloma Foundation (IMF), MDS Foundation and the Tackle Myeloma Foundation (TMF), they unveiled a patient “Statement of Principles” to address the inequalities in reimbursement of cancer therapies.
Currently, Medicare and private insurance companies require higher deductibles and co-payments for oral drugs than for IV therapies and inpatient procedures. However, private insurance is regulated at the state level and Oregon, Indiana and Iowa have laws requiring equal coverage with similar legislation pending in several additional states and federal legislation introduced in Congress.
If you go to the IMF’s web site, you can read more about the Cancer Patient Statement of Principles. This was taken from their web site.
About the eight lethal cancers
*Source: Cancer Facts & Figures 2009, American Cancer Society, Atlanta. 2009