Health Care Access

Sunday, February 17, 2008

A snippet from an article at Newsweek on a new American Cancer Society study:

In a new study, which will be published in the March issue of the journal Lancet Oncology, researchers at the American Cancer Society (ACS)—where Brawley is now chief medical officer—analyzed records of more than 3.7 million cancer patients diagnosed between 1998 and 2004 throughout the country. They found that minority and uninsured cancer patients like the woman at Grady Memorial Hospital have a significantly higher risk than white patients and those with private insurance of having reached an advanced stage of the disease by the time they are diagnosed or seek treatment.

But even when you take insurance into account, race still has an effect," says Elizabeth Ward, one of the study's authors and managing director of surveillance at the ACS. "So we have to look at factors operating at a variety of levels ... whether the facilities that are available are acceptable, whether or not the person can access [specialized] care, whether there have been experiences of discrimination or a feeling that one is not receiving good care at a particular facility, especially if it seems related to race or ethnicity."
Read the full article here.