Study: Chemotherapy Patient Care Costs 24% More in Hospital Outpatient Setting Than in Physician Office

On average, care for privately insured chemotherapy patients costs 24 percent more in a hospital outpatient setting than in a physician's office, according to a study by Avalere Health.

From 2008 to 2010, the average cost of care for patients receiving chemotherapy was approximately $35,000 in a hospital outpatient setting and $28,200 in a physician's office.

This pattern holds true regardless of the length of the treatment: Hospital outpatient care cost 28 percent more than care in a physician's office for one month of chemotherapy; for 12 months, treatment in the hospital outpatient setting was 53 percent more expensive.

Costs included plan payments and patient liabilities for all services received during treatment, including care that may be unrelated to cancer treatment, according to the study.

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