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October 13, 2003

Health Insurance and Cancer Survival

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Copyright 2003 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved. Applicable FARS/DFARS Restrictions Apply to Government Use.2003

Arch Intern Med. 2003;163(18):2123-2124. doi:10.1001/archinte.163.18.2123

WHILE SCIENCE and technology have made a significant impact on cancer treatment in the last 10 years, access to health care through insurance appears to be an equally important predictor of cancer survival. Sociodemographic factors, such as income and education,1-3 are known to affect treatment outcomes, but little has been documented about the specific role of health insurance.3-10