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How much patients have to pay for good health?

More than 170 million people worldwide are infected with hepatitis C. The drugs Sovaldi and now Harvoni promise to cure most hepatitis C patients for the first time. But the treatment is expensive.

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More than 170 million people worldwide are infected with hepatitis C. The US biopharmaceuticals company Gilead has been charging between 700 and 900 euros per pill. The drugs are big money-makers. Sovaldi has to be combined with other medications - a two-three month treatment costs up to 108,000 euros. How much should patients have to pay for medications that can cure?