More than 300 cancer clinics in America have closed in the last decade as Medicare has decreased payments to the point clinics could no longer cover their overhead. Many community-based clinics sold their practices to large hospital systems, resulting in high costs for Medicare and commercial insurance companies and higher out-of-pocket costs for the patient.
In the greater metro Atlanta area, only one community-based outpatient oncology clinic remains. This limits the number of patients who can receive oncology care in a community setting. Prior to 2010, nearly 85 percent of all patients received treatment in community oncology settings; today, that number has dropped to below 50 percent.
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