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High Out-of-Pocket Costs a Hidden 'Side Effect'?

Some doctors say it's time to discuss financial aspects with patients

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For her part, Bailey suggested that physicians daunted by the overwhelming complexity of cost-sharing and different insurance plans might want to start the discussion by asking general questions about patients' financial concerns.

"Maybe the conversation could start there," Bailey said. "'Are you worried about the cost of your treatment? If so, have you looked into what your plan covers?'"

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