And oh yeah, being on Medicaid also means you’re more likely to die. But hey, at least you’re doing better than women with no insurance at all.

This makes me so mad. And I’m not sure if its because it should be a no brainer, or if its because the GOP recommended changes in healthcare mean less women will get screened, and less women will get the care and the follow up they need to stay alive. It’s so stupid.

Healthcare=better health. Period. Full stop.

From Breastcancer.org :

A study has found that women without insurance who were diagnosed with breast cancer were 60% more likely to die from the disease.

Uninsured women also were nearly 2.6 times more likely to be diagnosed with a later stage of the disease, compared to women who had health insurance.

The research was published online by the journal Cancer on April 25, 2017. Read the abstract of “Breast cancer stage variation and survival in association with insurance status and sociodemographic factors in US women 18 to 64 years old.”

To do the study, the researchers analyzed information in the SEER databases. The SEER databases are large registries of cancer cases from sources throughout the United States maintained by the National Institutes of Health.

The researchers looked at information from 52,048 women ages 18 to 64 who were diagnosed with breast cancer in 2007 and 2008. They used statistical models to analyze the relationship between insurance status and stage at diagnosis and survival.

The researchers also found that women with Medicaid insurance were more likely to be diagnosed with later-stage cancer and have worse survival rates than women with private health insurance, though women with Medicaid insurance had better outcomes and diagnoses than uninsured women.

 

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