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US cancer patients often forgo follow-up treatments because of cost

BMJ 2010; 340 doi: (Published 21 June 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c3312
  1. Janice Hopkins Tanne
  1. 1New York

    One in six patients in the United States with cancer skips some of their continuing health care because of cost, concludes a new study. The authors conclude that more than two million of about 12 million Americans with a history of cancer “did not get needed medical services because of financial concerns.”

    In one year in the study period, 2005, 7.8% of people who had had cancer went without some medical treatment because of the cost, reports the study, which was published in Cancer, the journal of the American Cancer Society (doi:10.1002/cncr.25209). The percentage of the general population who skipped treatment they needed that year because of cost was 5.2%.

    The study, …

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