Cyberknife insurance coverage in question – a health policy case study

We salute the Philadelphia Inquirer and reporter Stacey Burling for a terrific piece, “Debate surrounds new prostate cancer treatment.”

It got a rare five-star (top score) rating on Excerpts of the review:

This was an excellent, provocative exploration of some of the critical issues involving the tension between treatment options, payment responsibility, patient choice, and evidence on risks and benefits. There are a great number of uncertainties about prostate cancer itself, whether active treatment is called for and if so, which is the most appropriate choice for individual patients. Combining this with financial interests of those providing treatment adds another layer of difficulty in making good individual choices.

High marks for a terrific enterprise piece that helps readers understand an important health policy and health care reform topic.

One standout quote from a physician in the story:

“There’s a lot of politics involved in this. There’s a lot of self-interest. There’s a lot of greed.”


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