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Impact of the insurance type of head and neck cancer patients on their hospitalization utilization patterns.

Authors
  • Gupta, Avni1
  • Sonis, Stephen T2, 3, 4
  • Schneider, Eric B5
  • Villa, Alessandro2, 3, 4
  • 1 Center for Surgery and Public Health, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts.
  • 2 Division of Oral Medicine and Dentistry, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts.
  • 3 Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Boston, Massachusetts.
  • 4 Department of Oral Medicine, Harvard School of Dental Medicine, Boston, Massachusetts.
  • 5 Department of Surgery, Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio.
Type
Published Article
Journal
Cancer
Publisher
Wiley (John Wiley & Sons)
Publication Date
Feb 15, 2018
Volume
124
Issue
4
Pages
760–768
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1002/cncr.31095
PMID: 29112234
Source
Medline
Keywords
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Abstract

Uninsured patients or patients insured by government programs predominantly underwent care for HNC at hospital types most often associated with inferior survival outcomes. This finding could explain some proportion of insurance-related disparities in HNC outcomes. Further studies are warranted to determine whether interventions to promote equitable access to optimal hospital settings for patients, regardless of their insurance type, might improve outcomes among nonprivate insurance holders. Cancer 2018;124:760-8. © 2017 American Cancer Society.

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