The real financial cost of oral mucositis
Cancer costs have significantly increased over the last decade, with some drugs more than tripling in price. While many costs are covered by health insurance, patient out-of-pocket costs remain high. Patients are responsible for twenty to thirty percent (20-30%) of drug costs in addition to deductibles and other fees not covered by insurance. Understanding the effects of added economic burden becomes important, as studies report that nearly fifty percent of patients fail to adhere to their treatment schedule because of cost.