Treatment for cancer costs less now


Nilofer D'Souza, Forbes India
Nov 24, 2011 at 11:28am IST

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.

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

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. (Forbes India)

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

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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.

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