Cancer clinics are turning away thousands of Medicare patients as automatic federal budget cuts kick in. The "Washington Post" reports oncologists are being hit by lesser funding which means they can't treat clinic patients needing expensive chemotherapy and still stay in business. That means those patients may go to the hospital for their chemotherapy treatments.
Getting those treatments at a hospital can cost the federal government $6,500 more annually than if a Medicare patient gets chemotherapy at a clinic. There also are questions about whether hospitals can handle all these patients since nearly 70% of them get their treatment at oncology clinics.