The health care reform act – known as the Affordable Care Act, passed by Congress and signed into law last year after much contentious debate – will have a profound effect on health care in the United States if it survives the numerous legal challenges making their way through the courts. What are the likely effects on cancer care? Is there going to be rationing of health care in general, and cancer care in particular?
There is a commitment in the legislation to look at what works, i.e., how real-world outcomes should drive health-care decisions. How does this effect cancer care?