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Spending To Survive: Cancer Patients Confront Holes in the Health Insurance System

This report highlights the severe challenges cancer patient may face in paying for life-saving care even when they have private health insurance.

Jointly authored by the Kaiser Family Foundation and the American Cancer Society, the report profiles 20 patients and illustrates the potential difficulties people diagnosed with cancer or other serious illnesses have in maintaining affordable health insurance and paying for their health care. The patients in the report and accompanying video were selected to illustrate typical cases from the many people who call the American Cancer Society’s Health Insurance Assistance Service, which helps families affected by cancer who encounter problems navigating the health care system.

The Kaiser Family Foundation also produced a separate video documentary, “The Cost of Cancer,” profiling three of patients featured in the report.

The report and video were released at a briefing on Feb. 5, 2009.

icon_news_release.gif News Release

Report (.pdf)

icon_video_audio.gif Video: “The Cost of Cancer”

icon_video_audio.gif Webcast and Transcript of Feb. 5, 2009, Briefing