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Impact of Insurance Type on Head and Neck Cancer

Cancer; ePub 2017 Nov 7; Gupta, Sonis, et al

People who did not have insurance or were covered by government programs tended to receive head and neck cancer treatment at hospital types linked with worse survival, according to a study involving >37,000 individuals. Participants were from the Nationwide Inpatient Sample 2012 and 2013. Investigators looked at the relationship between insurance and provider types. Among the results:

  • After adjusting for certain variables, Medicaid, Medicare, and uninsured patients were between 14% more likely and >twice as likely than those who were privately insured to be treated at rural, urban nonteaching, private investor–owned, or government hospitals.
  • The trend remained even after adjusting for geographic location.
Citation:

Gupta A, Sonis A, Schneider E, Villa A. Impact of the insurance type of head and neck cancer patients on their hospitalization utilization patterns. [Published online ahead of print November 7, 2017]. Cancer. doi:10.1002/cncr.31095.

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