Calif. Medicaid Patients With Cancer Fare Worse Than Those With Other Coverage

(By – Barbara Feder Ostrov, Kaiser Health News)

Cancer patients insured by California’s health plan for low-income people are less likely to get recommended treatment and also have lower survival rates than patients with other types of insurance, according to a new study by University of California-Davis researchers.

While other studies have linked Medicaid insurance status to worse cancer outcomes, the UC-Davis study appears to be the first to examine the impact of various kinds of health insurance across more than one kind of cancer. Read more…

Kaiser Health News is a nonprofit national health policy news service that is part of the nonpartisan Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation.

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