FRIDAY, May 28, 2021 (HealthDay News)
About 1 in 10 U.S. cancer survivors delays follow-up care because they can’t afford associated medical bills, even if they’re insured.
That’s the conclusion from an analysis of data from more than 5,400 survivors of various cancers. Most were insured, college-educated and had annual incomes above the national average. Their average age was 67, and most were female and white.
Up to 10% had delayed care in the previous 12 months because they couldn’t afford out-of-pocket expenses such as copays and deductibles, the study found.
“It is likely that these percentages are much higher among cancer survivors in the general population, and particularly among minorities and other populations suffering significant health disparities in general,” wrote researchers from the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University and Georgia Cancer Center.
Other common reasons for not always getting care included being unable to get time off