2 Million Cancer Patients Skip Costly Treatments


A staggering 2 million under-remission cancer patients ditch further treatments that are not covered by health insurance even if these are recommended by doctors. This finding was from a recently released study conducted by the Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center on data collected in the pre-recession period 2003-2006 when both price and unemployment levels are relatively lower than today.

With the rising costs forcing employers to reduce coverage and at the same time making it easier to reach annual limits, one in six cancer patients skimp on costs by avoiding needed medical tests and taking less than the prescribed doses of medications. However, forthcoming legislations are expected to bring some relief to high-risk groups by making it illegal to deny coverage for pre-existing conditions and removing life and annual limits altogether.

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