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Cancer costs nearly double over 20-year period
Modern Healthcare

The costs to treat cancer have almost doubled in the past two decades, while the portion of these costs that are paid for by Medicaid and private health insurers has also risen, according to a new study in Cancer, the journal of the American Cancer Society. Florence Tangka, a health economist at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, led a team of scientists from the CDC, Emory University and RTI International to analyze data from the 2001-05 Medical Expenditures Panel Survey and its predecessor, the National Medical Care Expenditure Survey, a one-time survey that was conducted in 1987.