Cancer patients and others taking pricey drugs could pay thousands in health overhaul plans

May 13, 2013 7:16 AM

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Cancer patients and others taking pricey drugs could pay thousands in health overhaul plans

To try to keep premiums low, some states are allowing insurers to charge patients a hefty share of the cost for expensive medications used to treat cancer, multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis and other life-altering chronic diseases.

Such “specialty drugs” can cost thousands of dollars a month, and in California, patients would pay up to 30 percent of the cost. For one widely used cancer drug, Gleevec, the patient could pay more than $2,000 for a month’s supply, says the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

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