A large study appearing in the June issue of the journal Health Affairs showed that those diagnosed with cancer are almost three times more likely to declare bankruptcy than are people without the disease.
Dr. Scott Ramsey, lead author of that study and director of the Hutchinson Institute for Cancer Outcomes Research, in Seattle, said Zafar's new study "provides more evidence that cancer patients -- even those with health insurance -- commonly experience financial difficulties during treatment."
Ramsey said it is possible that knowing more about out-of-pocket costs might help patients make better decisions about their potential treatment.
Learn more about the cost of cancer treatment from the American Cancer Society.
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