Cancer Is One Of The Most Expensive Disease, And It Is Becoming More And More Expensive – Part 3 of 3
Nearly 18 percent of cancer survivors – an estimated 2 million Americans – went without one or more medical services because of pecuniary concerns. Younger survivors, under age 65, were one-and-a-half to two times more likely to forgo or delay medical services, the chew over revealed.
And black and Hispanic cancer survivors were more likely to forgo prescription drugs and dental care than white survivors, the study found. What procedures or treatments are cancer survivors skipping? The details wasn’t that specific “so it’s hard to judge: Was it a routine test? Was it for cardiovascular problems? Or was it a test that might work up a cancer recurrence?” Nevertheless, the study does raise questions about the health of cancer survivors. “Certainly that’s going to impact your quality of life regardless of whether it’s cancer-specific or not”.
What’s needed is better government on follow-up care so that cancer survivors get essential services and avoid unnecessary tests and procedures. And the medical system needs to do a better job of counseling patients about financial barriers to care. “Instead of patients saying, ‘Well, you know, I can’t give up this medication,’ they just may not fill it. So I think it needs to become part of the conversation”. The budding federal health reform legislation may help address the gap in follow-up care by making insurance coverage more available and affordable.