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The High Price of Cancer Drugs: We Could Pay for the Research in Advance

The NYT had a piece on prices being charged by drug companies for new types of treatment for cancer, which can run as high as $1 million a year. While the piece noted the argument of one industry critic, Dr. Aaron Kesselheim, that we don't pay firefighters when they show up at a fire, based on how many lives they save, it didn't carry through the logic of this point. The alternative implied by Dr.
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