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US Spends More on Cancer Than Europe, Gets Worse Results

By    |   Tuesday, 03 March 2015 12:58 PM

The U.S. spends twice as much per capita on healthcare than any other nation, with sharp increases in spending on cancer treatment since the 1970s. Yet new research shows cancer death rates in the United States have decreased only modestly in that time, falling behind gains logged in Europe.
The findings — by, Samir Soneji, of Dartmouth's Norris Cotton Cancer Center and The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy & Clinical Practice — are the latest to suggest the American healthcare system is costly, inefficient, and trails most other western nations, when it comes to diagnosing and treating preventable deaths.
"Our results suggest that cancer care in the U.S. did not always avert deaths compared to Western Europe and, when it did avert deaths, it often did so at substantial cost," explained Soneji, whose findings were published in the journal Health Affairs.
"The greatest number of deaths averted occurred in cancers for which decreasing mortality rates were more likely to be the result of successful prevention and screening rather than advancements in treatment."
U.S. cancer mortality rates decreased by 12 percent since 1970, compared to a 62 percent decrease for heart disease, the study found.
Compared to Western Europe, the U.S averted 67,000 breast cancer deaths, 265,000 colorectal cancer deaths, and 60,000 prostate cancer deaths between 1982 and 2010. The U.S. also had more than 1.1 million excess lung cancer deaths, compared to Western Europe.
The ratio of healthcare cost to years of life saved amounted to $402,000 for breast cancer, $110,000 for colorectal cancer, and $1,979,000 for prostate cancer. These amounts exceed most accepted thresholds for cost-effective medical care, the researchers said.

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