Insurance makes a difference for people with rectal cancer.
Rectal cancer patients without insurance or covered by Medicaid are almost twice as likely to die within five years as those privately insured.
Not only are they diagnosed at a later stage, but fewer receive recommended treatments at every stage.
More than half of the difference between patients with private insurance and those without was due to differences in how early they were diagnosed and whether or not they got standard treatment. Read the rest of this entry »