Their study, however, did not track survival rates or other long-term results.
Dr. Hoehn said it is important to study the impact of expanded health insurance coverage.
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"Studies like ours are building an increasing body of work that suggests the Affordable Care Act and Medicaid expansion are improving health care access and treatment for cancer patients," he said.
Other study authors are Caroline J. Rieser, MD; Heather Phelos, MPH; Ibrahim Nassour, MD, MSCS; Alessandro Paniccia, MD; and Amer H. Zureikat, MD, FACS, of the UPMC Department of Surgery and Lindsay M. Sabik, PhD, from the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health.
"FACS" designates that a surgeon is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons.
The University of Pittsburgh department of surgery funded this work. The authors report no disclosures.Back to HCB News