Cancer Treatment Centers of America: Misleading statistics and big money for tea party groups
If you watch much television, you’ve probably seen the Cancer Treatment Centers of America ads suggesting that CTCA is a miracle worker. If you look at the statistics the for-profit cancer treatment chain provides, again you might think it’s a miracle worker. There’s a reason for that, though, and it’s got nothing to do with miracles and everything to do with the kind of business practices you might expect from a company founded by someone who’s given millions to tea party groups like FreedomWorks. Turns out, Cancer Treatment Centers of America both turns away patients who are likely to have bad outcomes—elderly people, uninsured people, people on Medicaid—and offers misleading statistics about the pool of patients it has cherry-picked to have the best chance of survival.