Thursday, December 20, 2007
Uninsured cancer patients are nearly twice as likely to die within five years as those with private coverage, according to the first national study of its kind and one that sheds light on troubling health care obstacles. People without health insurance are less likely to get recommended cancer screening tests, the study also found, confirming earlier research. And when these patients finally do get diagnosed, their cancer is likely to have spread. The research by scientists with the American Cancer Society offers important context for the national discussion about health care reform, experts say _ even though the uninsured are believed to account for just a fraction of U.S. cancer deaths. An Associated Press analysis suggests it is around 4 percent.
Source and more: Houston Chronicle/AP, http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/ap/fn/5393027.html
The article will eventually be accessible at http://caonline.amcancersoc.org/