Not having insurance reduces the chance that someone with colorectal cancer will live a year after their diagnosis. Even when patients from 18 to 64 have other illnesses, their insurance status makes a difference in survival.
Risk of dying during that first year was 50 to 90 percent higher among the uninsured. They were more likely to diagnosed at an advanced stage and live in poor neighborhoods.
Other illness (comorbidities) was lowest in privately insured patients and highest in patients under 65 on Medicare, who were likely to have Medicare because of a disability. Read the rest of this entry »