Among women on low-income, uninsured, or public insurance ages 25 to 64 who were not up to date on cervical cancer screening, 72% perceived financial barriers to screening. According to a study published in the peer review, the most common barriers were screening appointment costs (71%) and future follow-up / treatment costs (44%). Women’s Health Magazine.
Screening is effective in reducing the incidence and mortality associated with cervical cancer. However, there are disparities in the incidence and mortality of cervical cancer and in cervical cancer screening according to poverty level, insurance status, race, and ethnicity. Only about 64% of women without insurance, 78% of women are publicly insured and 75% of women low income women have been selected in accordance with national selection guidelines. Perceived financial barriers are likely to affect adherence to cervical cancer screening.
“The highlight is that this study illustrates the importance of the availability and awareness of health insurance and other financial resources to reduce perceived financial barriers to control,” says Jennifer Smith, Ph.D., University of North Carolina, and co-authors of the study. “The state of insurance greatly influences the actual costs arising from the appointment and cervical cancer screening labs, which can influence perceived load and barriers.”
“Low-income women need greater access to insurance coverage options, Medicaid eligibility, or free screening programs so they can undergo regular cervical cancer screening without perceiving financial barriers to attention, ”he says Journal of Women Health Editor-in-Chief Susan G. Kornstein, MD, executive director of the Commonwealth University Women’s Health Institute of Virginia, Richmond, VA.
Caitlin B. Biddell et al, perceived financial barriers to cervical cancer screening and the associated cost burden among low-income and under-reviewed women, Women’s Health Magazine (2021). DOI: 10.1089 / jwh.2020.8807
Mary Ann Liebert, Inc.
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