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Insurance status linked to cancer outcomes
Date:12/19/2007

>The probability of being uninsured varies inversely by income.

  • African Americans, Hispanics, Asian American/Pacific Islanders, and American Indian/Alaska Natives are much more likely to be uninsured than non-Hispanic Whites.

  • More than half (53.6 percent) of uninsured individuals aged 18 to 64 years have no usual source of health care.

  • The uninsured are more likely to report that cost issues caused them to delay care, not receive care, and not obtain prescription drugs.

  • Among those who saw a health care practitioner, the uninsured were less likely to be advised to quit smoking or to lose weight.

    As our nations investments in cancer research provide greater understanding of how to prevent cancer, detect it early, and treat it effectively, access to health care becomes even more important to the American Cancer Societys goal of eliminating cancer as a major public health problem, said Otis Brawley, M.D., chief medical officer of the American Cancer Society. This report clearly suggests that insurance and cost-related barriers to care are critical to address if we want to ensure that all Americans are able to share in the progress we have achieved by having access to high-quality cancer prevention, early detection, and treatment services.

    These findings put insurance status squarely on the table as an important factor in cancer care disparities, said Elizabeth Ward, Ph.D., director of surveillance research and co-author of the report. Its important to note that although variations in health insurance coverage likely contribute to racial and ethnic disparities in cancer outcomes, those disparities persist for several outcomes even when differences in insurance status are accounted for. So even if health insurance and financial barriers can be overcome, further research and interventions will be needed to address these other barriers.

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  • Contact: David Sampson
    david.sampson@cancer.org
    American Cancer Society
    Source:Eurekalert

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