WOMEN IN HIGH-DEDUCTIBLE HEALTH PLANS DELAY BREAST CANCER DIAGNOSIS, TREATMENT

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Researchers looked at the time to first breast cancer diagnostic testing, diagnosis, and chemotherapy among a group of women whose employers switched from low-deductible to high-deductible health plans.

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Women in HDHPs experienced relative delays of 1.6 months to first breast imaging, 2.7 months to first biopsy, 6.6 months to incident early-stage breast cancer diagnosis, and 8.7 months to first chemotherapy.

HDHP members living in metropolitan, nonmetropolitan, predominantly white, and predominantly nonwhite areas also experienced delayed breast cancer care.

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