High-quality cancer care: Summary of an institute of medicine workshop
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National spending on health care presents a central fiscal challenge for the United States. Expenditures for cancer care are expected to increase substantially because of a rapid rise in new cancer diagnoses associated with the aging of the population. In addition, innovations in cancer treatment are expected to increase spending on cancer care. To examine the drivers of rising cancer costs and to evaluate potential strategies to provide affordable, high-quality cancer care to all patients, the Institute of Medicine-s National Cancer Policy Forum convened a workshop in October 2012, Delivering Affordable Cancer Care in the 21st Century. This article summarizes presentations and discussion from the workshop, and focuses on the practice-changing strategies that workshop speakers proposed to improve the affordability of cancer care while maintaining or improving the quality of care. Copyright © 2013 by American Society of Clinical Oncology.
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