Make Every Effort To Expand Access To Lifesaving Hepatitis C Treatment
In response to the article “Hepatitis C drug costs leave many without care” (Page A1, April 10) and the editorial “Don’t deny a cure for hepatitis C patients” (Apr 14): Almost a quarter of the patients we care for at Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program are living with hepatitis C, a disease that contributes greatly to health care utilization and cost. We’ve worked hard to increase access to the lifesaving treatments the Globe reported on this month, and our early outcomes have been overwhelmingly successful.
Over the past two years, 96 of the 100 people who have completed the treatment have been cured of the disease. Experiences like ours suggest that broadly implemented treatment is achievable and could have a major impact on the size and severity of this epidemic.