Cancer clinics turn away Medicare patients

April 4, 2013 1:14:38 PM PDT
The sequester budget cuts are forcing cancer clinics across the country to turn away thousands of Medicare patients, according to the Washington Post.

It quotes oncologist's as saying the reduced funding which took effect for Medicare April 1 makes it impossible to administer expensive chemotherapy drugs while staying afloat financially.

The concern is cancer patients being turned away from local oncology clinics may seek care at hospitals which will more likely be more expensive.

It's still unclear whether hospitals have the capacity to absorb these patients.

According to two major national cancer organizations, the government does have the authority to make Medicare chemotherapy treatments an exception to these cuts.