- For all cancer sites combined, patients who were uninsured were 1.6 times as likely to die in five years as those with private insurance.
- The relationship between access to care and cancer outcomes is particularly striking for several cancers which can be prevented or detected earlier by screening and for which there are effective treatments, including breast and colorectal cancer. At every level of education, individuals with health insurance were about twice as likely as those without health insurance to have had mammography or colorectal cancer screening. ...
- Women without health insurance are about half as likely as those with private health insurance to have received a mammogram in the past two years (38.1 percent of uninsured women versus 74.5 percent of insured women age 40-64), a pattern seen for all race/ethnicities studied (white, African American and Hispanic) at all levels of education.
Friday, January 4, 2008
A lack of health insurance can be a death sentence. A report published in CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians finds that