According to estimates, hospitals mark up the prices of drugs for patients with private insurance by an average of 140% to 280%. (Photo: Rido/

The cost of cancer care is a major concern for patients, payers and policymakers – and it continues to grow.

U.S. spending on all cancer therapies increased from $39.1 billion in 2015 to $67.5 billion in 2019. Some novel anticancer therapies are priced at more than $100,000 per year. As a result, some patients incur debt, reduce spending on other necessities or forgo recommended treatments altogether.

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