Raising Women’s Voices

Cancer Patients with Health Insurance Struggle to Pay for Health Care

Posted in Affordability, Insurance companies, Pre-existing conditions by raisingwomensvoices on February 6, 2009

The American Cancer Society and Kaiser Family Foundation issued a report yesterday on 20 patients who have been diagnosed with cancer or other serious illnesses and the difficulties they have had in accessing affordable health care. The report, Spending to Survive: Cancer Patients Confront Holes in the Health Insurance System, identifies 5 major gaps that cancer patients experience after they have been diagnosed.
First, caps on benefits can lead to high out-of-pocket expenses. Second, employer-based health coverage may not cover catastrophically high health costs. Third, finding an adequate individual plan can be difficult, both for those recently diagnosed and for those in remission. Fourth, high-risk pools are either not available in some states or not affordable. Finally, the waiting periods and eligibility restrictions leave many patients in a period of limbo, in which they are without affordable coverage while waiting to be access public programs.

Check out the full report here

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  1. Robert M. James, MD, JD said, on February 13, 2009 at 11:11 pm

    It’s a shame that the sickest of our citizens have to worry about their healthcare dollars during their worst times. They have done what they should, maintained health insurance, and it’s still not enough. If it’s this way now, imagine how it will be as things get worse.


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