Health Aff (Millwood) 2021 May;40(5):754-762
Helmneh Sineshaw is principal scientist, Epidemiology-Oncology Core, at Merck Research Laboratories, in West Point, Pennsylvania. He was a senior scientist in the Surveillance and Health Services Research Department, American Cancer Society, when this work was conducted.
Proposals for expanding Medicare insurance coverage to uninsured Americans approaching the Medicare eligibility age of sixty-five has been the subject of intense debate. We undertook this study to assess cancer survival differences between uninsured patients younger than age sixty-five and older Medicare beneficiaries by using data from the National Cancer Database from the period 2004-16. The main outcomes were survival at one, two, and five years for sixteen cancer types in 1,206,821 patients. Read More