Patients without insurance were 1.46 times likely die within four years after adjusting for demographic and clinical factors. Medicaid insured and those who were insured through Medicare at a younger age 1.74 and 2.5 times more likely to die within four years compared with privately insured patients respectively. Further, but it patterns among Medicaid and younger Medicare patients are difficult interpret due to retroactive enrollment this insurance as a result of a cancer diagnosis. In addition, this study did not take into account co-morbidity , which vary by insurance and contribute to poorer survival outcomes. – ‘Other variables may play a role in access to care among minorities, and we need to look at it further, but it is clear from this study that insurance definitely plays a part,’said Chase..

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