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Clinical players and healthcare payers: aligning perspectives on the cost–effectiveness of next-generation sequencing in oncology

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Recent discussion surrounding the clinical implementation of genome sequencing has touted its cost–effectiveness [1]. However, the simplistic assumption that lowering the cost of next-generation sequencing (NGS) testing equates to cost–effectiveness is misguided and lacks evidence. Wide spread NGS testing in oncology will incur large upfront screening costs; potentially with no impact on treatment outcomes. In those instances where valuable information is revealed the use of an expensive targeted therapy is likely to be indicated. Therefore, it is essential to have reliable clinical and economic evidence supporting the clinical implementation of tumor-focused NGS testing. Inappropriate use could result in inefficiencies; reducing societies’ ability to provide (quality) healthcare to others.

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