The government's Medicare and Medicaid programs, together, pay about 36% of the $70 billion dollars in medical treatment costs for cancer patients each year. The same percentage is paid by private sector providers of health insurance.
Uninsured. Of Americans who are diagnosed each year... 1 in 10 have no health insurance and do not qualify (in most cases because they are too young) for Medicare.
Larger Patient Co-Pay for Latest Anti-Cancer Drugs.
Many of the most expensive drugs (including some that
combat cancer) have been placed in a new "Tier 4" under
the Medicare drug benefit program. For these drugs patient
co-pay is based on a percentage (at least 20%) of the cost
of filling a prescription. The traditional system had patients
paying a fixed amount – say $10 per drug – regardless of
the drug’s cost. (NYT 4/14/08)