PPACA, cancer disparities, and health care reform


As reported last Friday on the Medscape web site, the American Society for Clinical Oncology (ASCO) has recently issued a new policy statement addressing the opportunities presented by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) to reduce the disparities in cancer care.

The full text of the policy statement (by Moy et al.) is published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, and is freely available to all readers. A media release was also issued by ASCO last week.

While there is nothing in this policy statement (that we could see) that is specific to the prevention, diagnosis, or management of prostate cancer, this is an important document for those who are seeking to ensure appropriate care for underserved and/or disadvantaged populations. Conversely, it is likely to serve more like a red flag to those who prefer to refer to PPACA as “Obamacare.”

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