If a recent study led by University of Alabama at Birmingham is correct, with greater Medicare spending and patient cost responsibilities, we will see more cancer clinic closings and hence increased patient travel time for basic oncologic care.

With results published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, an overall negative pattern is emerging as greater Medicare costs ultimately force consolidation and few oncologic clinics remaining. Healio interviewed study lead Gabrielle B. Rocque, MD, MSPH, assistant professor, department of medicine and the division of hematology and oncology at University of Alabama at Birmingham.

Dr. Rocque is especially concerned with not only greater patient travel time but also disproportionate impacts to vulnerable, lower income rural patients who are less capable of supporting lengthier trips to cancer clinics.  

Lead Research/Investigator

Gabrielle B. Rocque, MD, MSPH, assistant professor, department of medicine and the division of hematology and oncology at University of Alabama at Birmingham

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Source: Healio

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