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Statewide cancer report finds significant disparities in outcomes, quality of care by insurer

from HealthCanal

A new report by the UC Davis Institute for Population Health Improvement comparing quality of care and outcomes for breast, colon, rectal, lung and prostate cancers according to source of health insurance coverage has identified substantial disparities in stage of diagnosis, providers' use of recommended treatment and survival rates. Medi-Cal, Medicare/Medi-Cal dual eligible patients and those without insurance were diagnosed at more advanced stages of disease, received lower quality of care and had poorer outcomes than those with private, other health insurance, a UC Davis IPHI statewide report has found. more

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