The Cost of Cancer Policy Forum - Memphis
The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) will host a new Tennessee policy forum in Memphis this fall. This event will bring together key leaders and decision makers in government, research and academia to discuss emerging oncology and health care policy issues that affect the physical and economic health of Americans.
Join ACS CAN for a discussion focused on the costs of treating cancer, specifically the out-of-pocket costs for patients, including premiums, deductibles, co-pays and co-insurance. In 2014 cancer patients paid nearly $4 billion in out-of-pocket costs and the disease cost the country $87.8 billion in cancer-related health care spending. Cancer patients, survivors and those at risk for cancer should have access to health insurance that is adequate, available, affordable and easy to understand. It must cover necessary care without setting arbitrary limits or restrictions. Tennesseans should continue to have access to no-cost prevention and early detection services—preventing cancer and diagnosing it earlier can reduce patient costs.