Does access to private healthcare influence potential lung cancer cure rates?
Thadathilankal-Jess John, Dante Plekker, Elvis M Irusen, Coenie FN Koegelenberg
S Afr Med J | Published : 2017
BACKGROUND: Numerous studies show a link between poor socioeconomic status (SES) and late-stage cancer diagnosis. However, this has not been consistently shown looking at non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC) in isolation. Despite the extremely high prevalence of lung cancer and disparities in access to healthcare based on health insurance in South Africa, there is a paucity of data on the influence of health insurance (as a surrogate for SES) on stage at presentation of NSCLC. OBJECTIVE: To assess the relationship between health insurance status (and invariably SES) and staging (and therefore resectability) of patients with primary NCSLC at the time of initial presentation. METHODS: Health-ins..View full abstract