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Medicare is likely to pay for anticancer drugs

BMJ 2002; 324 doi: (Published 11 May 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;324:1118
  1. Fred Charatan
  1. Florida

    The US Congress looks set to provide cover for anticancer drugs under Medicare, the federal health insurance programme for Americans aged over 65.

    A bill currently before the house looks likely to be passed this year. According to law makers and lobbyists, this would be a first step towards a prescription drug benefit for Medicare subscribers.

    A compromise on drugs to treat cancer would help many elderly Americans who must often choose between expensive prescription drugs and groceries. More than a fifth of the 40 million Medicare beneficiaries …

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