Published on February 23, 2016
Now, a new investigation by the Goldwater Institute shows that terminally ill patients rarely have the opportunity to even apply for compassionate use. The complicated and time-consuming process strongly discourages doctors and researchers from working with patients to try treatments that might save their lives. Each year, only 1,200 of the hundreds of thousands of terminally ill patients in America will even be able to complete an application for compassionate use. This year, nearly 600,000 Americans will die of cancer alone.