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Report recommends adopting new cancer care payment model to reward physicians for health outcomes

A new report from UnitedHealthcare in Minnetonka, Minn., examines the current cancer care payment system and considers alternative strategies to reward physicians for improving clinical outcomes and reducing treatment costs, rather than paying them based on the number of drugs administered to treat cancer. Costs for cancer therapy, which reached $104 billion in 2006, are now projected to rise to $173 billion in 2020.