X

DON'T SHARE NUISANCE.
SHARE NEWS.

Be a responsible citizen. Come, pledge to always check and share verified and vetted news.
»
1-min read

Treatment for cancer costs less now

Nilofer D'Souza |

Updated: November 24, 2011, 11:28 AM IST
facebook Twitter google skype whatsapp
Treatment for cancer costs less now
A decade ago, it would cost about Rs 10,000 at a government hospital and Rs 25,000 at a private one.

We tried to find out how much cancer treatment costs have gone up, and were surprised to find that the cost of a single cycle of basic chemotherapy for stage 1 cancer has actually gone down over the past 10 years.

A decade ago, it would cost about Rs 10,000 at a government hospital and Rs 25,000 at a private one.

This figure has come down to Rs 3,000 for government hospitals and Rs 8,000 for private ones.

However, the cost is highly dependent on the kind and stage of cancer.

So, what is it that bloats the bills? Tests and supportive drugs.

The number of tests prescribed depends on doctors. The market for cancer drugs is a highly fragmented one, with locally made alternatives being cheaper than imported ones.

First Published: November 24, 2011, 11:28 AM IST
Read full article
Next Story
facebook Twitter google skype whatsapp