What Is Decomposing Differences In Medical Care Access Among Cancer Survivors By Race And Ethnicity

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King, Christopher J, et al. "Decomposing Differences in Medical Care Access among Cancer Survivors by Race and Ethnicity." American Journal of Medical Quality: The Official Journal of the American College of Medical Quality, vol. 30, no. 5, Sept. 2015, pp. 459-469. The study discussed in this article explores factors that can explain the medical care access inequalities between cancer survivors of different races and ethnicities. The article argues that when white and minority cancer survivors are compared for their likelihood of engaging in treatment, minorities are less likely to be aware of their medical care benefits and entitlements and are more likely to postpone or abstain from treatment. The study examines reasons for these…show more content…
The argument made by the article states that due to limited access to colorectal endoscopic screening, minorities and people of lower socioeconomic status have had less of a decrease in colorectal cancer in comparison to whites. The author uses statistical evidence, logos, and the results of the study to back these claims. The study’s main limitation is that the researchers used county-based indicators of access to medical care as a result of limited access to individual health insurance status. The sample used in the study is large, taken from nineteen cancer registries and covers about fifty-three percent of the United States population. The article concludes that “individuals residing in poorer communities with lower access to medical care have not experienced the same reduction in colorectal cancer incidence that has benefited more affluent communities.”

Shi, Leiyu and Gregory D Stevens. "Disparities in Access to Care and Satisfaction among U.S. Children: The Roles of Race/Ethnicity and Poverty Status." Public Health Reports (Washington, D.C.: 1974), vol. 120, no. 4, July 2005, pp. 431-441. The article covers a study which “assessed the progress made toward reducing racial and ethnic disparities in access to health care among children” in the United States between the years 1996 and 2000. The
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