Cancer can be one of the worst diseases one can think of. According to Health day news, almost 1 out of every 10-cancer survivor in the United States of America had delays in the treatment and medication just because they can’t afford the bills, pricing of the hospitals, and the medicine. But the worst part is that they stated that they were insured.
Delay In The Treatment Of Cancer Even If The Patient Is Insured
This evidence came from a study done over more than 54 hundred cancer survivors having various cancer sites. Most of the participants were well educated and had an average income which is more than the average national income of America.
Their average age was 67 and most of them were white and females. The study found that 10 percent of the cancer survivors had a delay in the treatment because they were not able to afford out-of-pocket expenses like the deductibles and copays, even if they were insured.
The researchers from Augusta University and the medical college at Georgia claimed that the percentage is higher for the general population suffering as compared to the minorities who suffered from various health disparities.
Dr. Steven Coughlin who is the interim chief in the department of epidemiology in the field of population health and sciences said that another cause of the delayed treatment can be the nervousness that the patient has to see a doctor or a health care provider. They especially have to take some extra time from their mundane life just to visit a doctor or a physician.
Cancer patients are always at a higher risk for not able to afford the expenses of the treatment and medication. The percentage is very high among the minorities, children, and women from the lower middle class having poor economic or financial conditions.
Coughlin was interviewed in a village where he stated that some subgroups in different parts of the country are at a higher risk for not able to afford the expenses of cancer treatment and may face financial hardships dealing with the diseases.
He said the government and the health care department should be worried about it as well.Dr. Jorge Corte who is the co-author and also the director at the cancer center in Georgia said that the risk of financial breakdown among the poor or the people having delayed treatment just because they were not able to afford the out-of-pocket expenses are much higher than we see on paper.
He added in the release that many communities and regions were not included in the study. The poor people in the rural areas even lack basic needs of survival like the African Americans or the Hispanics. They live in a rural community where there is no scope of the health care center and other facilities.
If these data will be included in the study the results can be devastating and eye-opening. To date, our health care system is losing. Government should look into the matter and solve the issue in order to strengthen the health care system and medication.