New Heart Failure Treatments Would Drive Up Short-Term Health Spending, Report Says

(By – Julie Appleby, Kaiser Health Care News)

Two new treatments for congestive heart failure cost too much in the short term and would drive up spending by insurers and government programs, a nonprofit group said in an analysis released Friday, just days after the same researchers took similar aim at expensive new cholesterol drugs. The treatments – one a $17,750 sensor implanted in the pulmonary artery and the other a $4,600-a-year prescription pill – are the first new treatments in more than a decade for heart failure, a life-threatening condition. Read more…

 

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