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Cancer Patients on Medi-Cal Do Worse Than Those with Other Insurance
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Cancer patients with Medi-Cal are less likely to get recommended treatment and also have lower survival rates than patients with other types of insurance, according to a study by UC Davis researchers. Medi-Cal is California’s version of Medicaid, health insurance for people who are low income.

While other studies have linked Medicaid insurance status to worse cancer outcomes, the UC Davis study appears to be the first to examine the impact of various kinds of health insurance across more than one kind of cancer.

Understanding how well Medi-Cal serves cancer patients is crucial, experts say, because as much as 10 percent of Medi-Cal expenditures go to cancer care. And under the Affordable Care Act, the program has grown to cover more than 12 million Californians – nearly a third of the state’s population.

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