Comments on: Votes and dollar signs, cancer cure-rate claims, present at the euro’s creation Steven Brill Tue, 19 Aug 2014 18:30:28 +0000 hourly 1 By: ALLSOLUTIONS Wed, 20 Jun 2012 17:30:19 +0000 Column too long. Short paragraphs for each would work better.

Dimon hearing is a total waste of time and money.

If CTCA advertising is an issue; investigate, gather facts; analyze; then report.

European Union is a failure. France wants to be in charge at Germany’s expense. Germany wants to be in charge and hopes to buy it. Most of the rest are thieves trying to leach off Germany. Bunch of idiots.

The above in the article in a nutshell, all a reader needs.

Censorship is evil.

By: jledbet Wed, 20 Jun 2012 14:49:50 +0000 Dear Mr. Wellhouse:

Thank you for your thoughtful letter and for the clarifications.

You’re right: using “cure” instead of “survival rates” was sloppy.

I should add that clarification seems to be an apt word — because your literature and your own statement about the flat rates is hardly clear. When I read that you charge a flat fee “for a comprehensive evaluation and treatment plan” I assumed that the “plan” was the treatment. Are you really saying that you charge $10,000 or $15,000 simply to tell me what kind of cancer I have and how you propose to treat it?

As for you gracious invitation, which is tempting, I’m afraid I have a day job and am not writing in depth pieces at the moment. Rather, this column is the best of all journalism assignments: I simply suggest work that others can do!

Best regards,

Steven Brill

By: AndrewWelhouse Wed, 20 Jun 2012 13:18:28 +0000 Mr. Brill:

Thank you for highlighting Cancer Treatment Centers of America as one of the stories you’d most like to see. At CTCA, our first priority is our patients.

We would be honored to have you or anyone else interested in CTCA as our guests at one of our regional hospitals, where you can learn first-hand about how our doctors, clinicians and patients are changing the face of cancer care. There’s a reason our Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) scores are among the highest of any hospital and that our patients and their caregivers become our greatest advocates.

For the record, there are a couple of points here that need clarification:

– Where you mention “cure rates,” what we actually measure and show on our website is Survival Rates. They’re also not the only statistic, we measure and display: Quality of Life, Patient Experience and Speed of care — all clearly laid out on

– The “flat fee” you discuss is not a flat fee for treatment; it is a single, fully inclusive price for a comprehensive evaluation and treatment plan. The actual cost and course of treatment are different for every patient and every cancer. Our innovative CareEdge program offers a complete evaluation and treatment plan in five days or less through a process convenient for the patient.

As I mentioned above, CTCA’s story — from our founding to our Patient Empowered Care model and our vision for quality-based, patent-centered cancer care — is well worth your attention. We’d be pleased to welcome you for a visit at your convenience. We look forward to speaking with you and can be reached at (847) 342-6471.

Andrew Welhouse – Public Affairs Manager, CTCA

By: graziella Tue, 19 Jun 2012 17:56:14 +0000 On point 3, they took their cue from the Founding Fathers and did not address the issue of a member defaulting. Is the US committed to cover financial mismanagement in the 50 states forever…? Is there a federal guarantee of California debt…?

By: ClearwaterTim Tue, 19 Jun 2012 17:36:30 +0000 Great column.
I wonder why no financial reporters have gone back to determine the names of the individuals and the banks they represented that facilitated Greece’s fraudulent application to the EU by creating expensive financial instruments to hide Greece’s actual debt?
It’s not too hard to believe that Goldman Sachs or JP Morgan made real money helping the Greek “public servants” and elected officials through that process. Our banks made real profits there.
Wonder how many Greek “public servants” involved in the activity got rewarded by these same big US banks?
It’s no wonder Members of Congress don’t ask Jamie Dimon any hard questions. He holds their future earnings in his hands.

By: zotdoc Tue, 19 Jun 2012 17:27:12 +0000 interesting points and I agree 100%

By: Cycledoc2 Tue, 19 Jun 2012 14:28:42 +0000 Regarding the cancer treatment centers. First, the cure rates cited are not defined by type and stage of the disease. Most breast cancers diagnosed by mammography for example are local and curable. Statistic often include in-situ lesions which are never metastatic and cured with lumpectomy and radiation. They are manipulating the types of patient included to show their “superior” outcomes which I can say without fear are bogus.

Similarly their charges are undefined. Are they costs for doctor’s visits? surgeon’s fees? hospitalizations? clinic facility fees? and for how long–per month? quarter? year? What else do they include–drugs? radiation? ancillary services. I’d bet they only cover a small proportion of what’s provided. Furthermore their “flat rate” will not at all reflect what they bill your insurer. You get the idea.

They are a commercial venture interested more in income and profit rather than cost containment.