Navigation Links
More than a million cancer survivors declining care due to cost concerns
Date:2/4/2009

CAREFREE, A.Z. - More than a million cancer survivors living in the United States are foregoing what they believe is necessary medical care due to the cost, and Hispanics and African-Americans are twice as likely to go without services, according to data presented at the American Association for Cancer Research conference on the Science of Health Care Disparities.

"These survivors are either going without, or significantly delaying, dental care, general medical care, mental health care or prescription drugs," said Kathryn Weaver, Ph.D., a cancer prevention fellow at the National Cancer Institute.

Although insurance status did play a role, foregoing care due to cost still persisted among the insured. "There are significant out-of-pocket expenses, even for those with insurance," said Weaver.

Weaver and colleagues used data from the Center for Disease Control's National Health Interview Survey to identify 6,602 adult cancer survivors. Of these survivors, 64.3 percent were female, 4.8 percent were Hispanic, 6.4 percent were non-Hispanic black and 88.8 percent were non-Hispanic white. The survey is conducted annually and questions about 30,000 to 40,000 households.

Overall, the prevalence of foregoing medical care due to cost was 7.8 percent for general medical care, 9.9 percent for prescription medication, 11.3 percent for dental care and 2.7 percent for mental health care.

Compared to non-Hispanic whites, Hispanics were 2.14-fold more likely to forego prescription medications due to cost concerns and African-Americans were 87 percent more likely to forego prescriptions. For dental care, Hispanics were 2.31-fold more likely to go without and African-Americans were 57 percent more likely.

These differences persisted after statistical adjustments for education, health insurance coverage and non-cancer medical comorbidities.

"Efforts to expand insurance coverage might go some way toward addressing these problems, but absent that, clinicians need to be more aware that their patients are not getting these services and work to try to connect them to charity or low-cost care," said Weaver.


'/>"/>

Contact: Jeremy Moore
Jeremy.moore@aacr.org
267-646-0557
American Association for Cancer Research
Source:Eurekalert

Related biology news :

1. Structure of 450 million year old protein reveals evolutions steps
2. First orchid fossil puts showy blooms at some 80 million years old
3. SyntheMed Completes $2.8 Million Equity Financing
4. Rutgers Genetics receives $7.8 million for autism research
5. Seattle Childrens Hospital leads $23.7 million NIH grant to study gene repair
6. UD leads $5.3-million research project on rice epigenetics
7. Rutgers high school outreach gets $3 million boost from NSF
8. NIH awards researcher $1.5 million new innovator grant for fruit-fly studies of prion proteins
9. UD leads $5.3-million research project on rice epigenetics
10. $22 million gift from Alfred Taubman launches new biomedical research institute
11. Nanobiosym awarded $2 million DTRA contract
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:1/6/2017)... BOULDER, Colo. , Jan. 5, 2017 /PRNewswire/ ... join the "Digital Life Alliance" established by iCarbonX, ... in 2015 to build a "Global Digital Health ... based on a combination of individual,s biological, behavioral ... Under the agreement between the companies, SomaLogic will ...
(Date:12/22/2016)... Dec. 20, 2016  As part of its longstanding mission ... personal genetics company, recently released its latest children,s book, titled ... book focuses on the topics of inheritance and variation of ... (NGSS) taught in elementary school classrooms in the US. ... by illustrator Ariana Killoran , whose previous book with ...
(Date:12/16/2016)... Dec. 16, 2016   IdentyTechSolutions America LLC ... products and solutions and a cutting-edge manufacturer of ... it is offering seamless, integrated solutions that comprise ... products. The solutions provide IdentyTech,s customers with combined ... facilities from crime and theft. "We ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:1/19/2017)... and HOUSTON , Jan. 19, ... today announced the formation of its Medical/Clinical Advisory ... and industry veterans who enhance the range and ... accelerates development of its novel prenatal diagnostic tests.  ... clinical and strategic guidance for the company,s product ...
(Date:1/19/2017)... 19, 2017 Research and Markets ... has announced the addition of the ... Forecast to 2025" report to their offering. ... The report provides a detailed analysis on current and future market trends ... using estimated market values as the base numbers Key ...
(Date:1/19/2017)... ... January 19, 2017 , ... November Research Group, ... biopharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers and regulators, is proud to announce the worldwide ... email client designed to provide product vigilance departments with the flexibility and ease ...
(Date:1/19/2017)... , Jan. 19, 2017  ArmaGen, Inc., today ... , Ph.D., as chief executive officer, as well ... Dr. Schmidt brings to ArmaGen more than 17 years ... and development of biotherapeutics and pharmaceuticals. ... the diverse experience and skillset necessary to lead ...
Breaking Biology Technology: