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Medicare Plan on Payment for Cancer Drugs Stirs Battle
ABC News

A Medicare proposal to test new ways of paying for chemotherapy and other drugs given in a doctor’s office has sparked a furious battle, and cancer doctors are demanding that the Obama administration scrap the experiment.

The vehement reaction is raising questions about the government’s ability to tackle high drug costs, the top health care concern for the public.

At issue are some of the most expensive drugs for treating life-changing diseases. The question isn’t whether those drugs are fairly priced, but whether Medicare’s current payment policy encourages doctors to prescribe the costliest medications so they can make more money.

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