Mayo Clinic‘s decision to build two costly proton beam cancer treatment centers is contributing to America’s medical arms race and is “exhibit A” of “what is wrong with American healthcare today,” according to a New York Times editorial by two prominent healthcare thought leaders.
The problem with proton therapy is simple, according to the editorial: It’s very expensive, and it’s only proven to work better than conventional methods in treating a few rare types of pediatric cancer. But because proton facilities are so expensive, often costing close to $200 million, builders are motivated to use proton therapy to treat a wide variety of cancers. Additional coverage: MinnPost,Washington Post
MedCity News, By Brandon Glenn, 1/3/2012