Sunanda Kane, M.D., discusses a study presented at the 2013 American College of Gastroenterology Meeting that surveyed patients with IBD and found that they encountered many difficulties with access to care.
Of the 3,802 IBD patients who responded, most said it was very difficult to find adequate healthcare coverage and continue to afford it. A majority of patients also said they had skipped doses of medication, delayed filling a prescription, making an appointment with their physician, or scheduling a test due to costs.
While these concerns are often understood at an individual level, this study, lead authored by David T. Rubin, M.D., FACG, Professor of Medicine at the University of Chicago Medicine, marks the first time that data has been able to show that for a particular disease entity, access can affect both quality of care and disease outcome.
Abstracts and press release for study can be viewed here.
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Dr. Kane is a gastroenterologist at Mayo Clinic specializing in the care and evaluation of patients with IBD.