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2012

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Ohio Medicaid Recipients Face Shorter Survival Times for Cancer

Ohio Medicaid Recipients Face Shorter Survival Times for Cancer


A Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine study shows Ohio cancer patients on Medicaid face shorter survival times than those with private insurance or no insurance at all.

The study, led by Siran M. Koroukian, PhD, associate professor of epidemiology and biostatistics, compared survival rates for eight potentially curable cancers in adults. Researchers studied data from more than 12,000 cancer patients and found one in five Medicaid patients died within five years of their diagnosis, compared with less than 10 non-Medicaid patients.

Researchers also noted for many of the cancers, patients who were already enrolled in Medicaid prior to their diagnosis experienced more favorable staging and survival outcomes than those who enrolled in the program upon or shortly after their diagnosis.