Medicaid and Uninsured Head and Neck Cancer Patients Have Worse Outcomes

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SOURCE American Association of Oral Maxillofacial Surgeons

ROSEMONT, Ill., June 3, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — It is estimated that 48 million individuals in the United States lack medical insurance and for those seeking the treatment for head and neck cancers (HNC) the financial burden is only the tip of the iceberg. Investigators from the University of Pennsylvania and Harvard found that patients without insurance, as well as those who are on Medicaid, are diagnosed at later stages of their cancer and are less likely to receive adequate treatment, leading to less favorable outcomes.

“Health Insurance Affects Head and Neck Cancer Treatment Patterns and Outcomes,” an article featured in the June issue of the Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, details the study, whose purpose was to examine the effect of the lack of adequate insurance coverage on (a) the point in the disease process at which HNC is diagnosed, (b) the quality of treatment the patient receives,

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