Grant ID RP130051
Awarded On December 05, 2012
Title Impact of Health Insurance on Racial Disparities in Cancer Screening, Diagnosis, Treatment and Survival in Texas
Program Academic Research
Award Mechanism Individual Investigator
Institution/Organization The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston
Principal Investigator/Program Director Xianglin L Du
Cancer Sites Breast, Colorectal
Contracted Amount $435,049
Lay Summary

Few studies exist which have quantified how health insurance and socioeconomic factors contribute to racial/ethnic disparities in cancer screening, treatment, supportive care, end of life care, and survival. None of these studies have been conducted in Texas. Ironically, Texas has the highest percentage (25.7%) of uninsured persons in the nation, and the uninsured rate among Hispanics is 44.2% which is more than double the uninsured rate of other racial/ethnic groups in Texas. Similarly, Texas ranks consistently low in the national rankings for median family income and education level, and ranks 45th in the nation in the number of physicians per 100,000 population. Therefore, it is critical...

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