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2011-01-28 17:12:00

MESA, Ariz., Jan. 28, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- In response to further state budget cuts to the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS), NextCare Urgent Care, the state's largest urgent care provider, has offered to sponsor and fund an educational program for AHCCCS patients who utilize emergency rooms for minor injuries and illness or use the emergency rooms as an alternative to seeing a Primary Care Provider. Urgent Care visits cost the state a small fraction of what even the...

2010-10-04 14:42:36

Lack of private health insurance and its consequent lack of access to care appears to affect mortality among patients with uterine cancer and may partly explain the mortality disparity between African-Americans and other racial groups, according to data presented at the Third AACR Conference on The Science of Cancer Health Disparities. "African-Americans were twice as likely to die within four years compared to white patients after adjusting for age, facility and education level. However,...

2010-08-10 23:32:20

From 1997 to 2007, the rates of visits to emergency departments in the U.S. increased significantly, particularly among adults with Medicaid, according to a study in the August 11 issue of JAMA. Emergency departments (EDs) are unique providers for health care in the United States because services are provided to all persons regardless of insurance or ability to pay. "As such, the Institute of Medicine has labeled EDs as 'the Safety Net of the Safety Net . . . the provider of last resort for...

2010-06-23 12:00:00

Strong Implementation of and Education about Affordable Care Act Critical for Cancer Community; Increased Access Coupled with Research Key to Progress in Beating Disease WASHINGTON, June 23 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A new poll illustrates the difficulty that cancer patients, survivors and their families face in affording needed health care and paying for other basic necessities such as food and heat, underscoring the need to strongly implement the Affordable Care Act so that it works for...

2010-06-15 16:19:52

A new study led by UNC researchers that looks at newly diagnosed lung cancer patients and follows them from diagnosis forward is one of the first to give reasons why patients don't go to lung surgery and why surgery happens less often in blacks. "Our most profound finding was the fact that African Americans with two or more additional medical conditions had almost zero surgeries, only about four out of 100, whereas white patients in the same situation had surgery just as often as if they...

2010-06-14 17:49:10

A new study led by a Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center researcher shows that millions of cancer survivors are forgoing needed medical care because of concerns about cost. Published early online today in CANCER, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Cancer Society, the study raises the concern that the long-term health and well-being of cancer survivors could suffer because patients have financial worries about their care. A team led by Kathryn E. Weaver, Ph.D., M.P.H., an...

2010-06-14 15:14:06

Disparities in cancer stage and treatment are the main reasons why Medicaid-insured and uninsured rectal cancer patients are twice as likely to die within five years as privately insured patients. That is the conclusion of a new study published early online in Cancer, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Cancer Society. Because poorer survival among rectal cancer patients without private insurance is largely attributable to later cancer stage at diagnosis and inadequate treatment,...

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2010-05-10 07:47:28

A new analysis finds that the costs of treating cancer have nearly doubled over the past two decades and that the shares of these costs that are paid for by private health insurance and Medicaid have increased. The study also reveals that cancer costs have shifted away from inpatient treatments to outpatient care. Published early online in CANCER, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Cancer Society, the information could be used to prioritize future resources for treating and preventing...

2010-03-22 14:30:45

A new study has found that when African American and white cancer patients are treated at similar, specialized cancer care institutions, mortality rates are roughly equal. Published early online in Cancer, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Cancer Society, the findings suggest that where patients receive care may partly explain observed racial disparities in cancer mortality. In the new study, researchers led by Tracy Onega, PhD, MA, of the Dartmouth Medical School looked at records for...

2010-02-09 14:54:42

The incidence of advanced breast cancer diagnosis among black women remained 30 percent to 90 percent higher compared to white women between 1992 and 2004, according to new findings by researchers at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. In addition, the disparity in the incidence of advance colorectal cancer actually widened over this time period as rates fell among whites but increased slightly among blacks. The findings are published online in the inaugural issue of Springer's journal...