Health care policy and cancer survivorship

Katherine S. Virgo, Julia L. Bromberek, Adam Glaser, Denis Horgan, Jane Maher, Otis Brawley

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Abstract

The United States and the European Union (EU) vary widely in approaches to ensuring affordable health care coverage for our respective populations. Such variations stem from differences in the political systems and beliefs regarding social welfare. These variations are also reflected in past and future initiatives to provide high quality cancer survivorship care. The United States spends considerably more on health care compared to most European countries, often with no proven benefit. In the United States, individuals with chronic illnesses, such as cancer survivors, often experience difficulties affording insurance and maintaining coverage, a problem unknown to EU countries with national health insurance. This article reviews health policy development over time for the United States and EU and the impact for cancer survivors. For the United States, the impact of the Affordable Care Act on improving access to affordable care for cancer survivors is highlighted. For the EU, the importance of multiple-morbidity disease management, cancer plan development, and pan-European data collection for monitoring cancer outcomes is addressed. Given predicted workforce shortages and ever-increasing numbers of aging cancer survivors on both sides of the Atlantic, sharing lessons learned will be critical.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2187-2199
Number of pages13
JournalCancer
Volume119
Issue numberSUPPL11
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 1 2013
Externally publishedYes

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Health Policy
Survival Rate
Delivery of Health Care
European Union
Survivors
Neoplasms
Political Systems
Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act
Insurance Coverage
Social Welfare
Policy Making
National Health Programs
Disease Management
Chronic Disease
Morbidity
Population

Keywords

  • access to care
  • Affordable Care Act
  • cancer survivorship
  • chronic illness management
  • European Union
  • insurance mandate
  • Medicaid
  • preventive services
  • social welfare
  • uninsured

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Cancer Research

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Virgo, K. S., Bromberek, J. L., Glaser, A., Horgan, D., Maher, J., & Brawley, O. (2013). Health care policy and cancer survivorship. Cancer, 119(SUPPL11), 2187-2199. https://doi.org/10.1002/cncr.28066

Health care policy and cancer survivorship. / Virgo, Katherine S.; Bromberek, Julia L.; Glaser, Adam; Horgan, Denis; Maher, Jane; Brawley, Otis.

In: Cancer, Vol. 119, No. SUPPL11, 01.06.2013, p. 2187-2199.

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Virgo, KS, Bromberek, JL, Glaser, A, Horgan, D, Maher, J & Brawley, O 2013, 'Health care policy and cancer survivorship', Cancer, vol. 119, no. SUPPL11, pp. 2187-2199. https://doi.org/10.1002/cncr.28066
Virgo KS, Bromberek JL, Glaser A, Horgan D, Maher J, Brawley O. Health care policy and cancer survivorship. Cancer. 2013 Jun 1;119(SUPPL11):2187-2199. https://doi.org/10.1002/cncr.28066
Virgo, Katherine S. ; Bromberek, Julia L. ; Glaser, Adam ; Horgan, Denis ; Maher, Jane ; Brawley, Otis. / Health care policy and cancer survivorship. In: Cancer. 2013 ; Vol. 119, No. SUPPL11. pp. 2187-2199.
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