Panel: Health system failing cancer patients
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The nation's health care system is failing
cancer patients, who often find themselves battling the system
in addition to their disease, a presidential commission contended
"For people who don't have resources there are great difficulties
and many barriers in trying to get through the health care system,"
Dr. Harold P. Freeman, chairman of the President's Cancer Panel,
said in an interview.
Every day 34,000 Americans are diagnosed with some form of cancer
and 1,500 die from the disease, the panel said in a report.
Yet 44 million Americans lack health insurance and millions more
are underinsured and face hardships in paying out-of-pocket costs
of cancer care.
In addition, the panel found that restrictions on who is eligible
for assistance eliminate many people who need help; others live
far from the sources of care and lack transportation and few
patients receive full and accurate information about their disease.
12/03/2001; Cable News Network]
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