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Economic burden

Jan
20

Two studies published in December 2015 using data from the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey  highlight the financial hardships and economic burden associated with cancer in the United States.  The first study led by Robin Yabroff (formerly of HDRP) and published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, looks at material financial hardship – measured by borrowing money/going into debt, filing for bankruptcy, being unable to cover costs of medical care, or making other financial sacrifices due to cancer – and found that hardship was more common among cancer survivors that were younger (18-64 years of age).  Psychological financial hardship (e.g. worrying about paying bills) was also more common among this group.  The second study led by Zhiyuan Zheng... Read more

Economic burden