Experiences with Health Care Providers

MEPS Statistical Brief No. 451

A cancer survivor is a person who has been diagnosed with cancer from the time of their diagnosis though the balance of their life. Due in large part to an aging population, the number of cancer survivors in the United States is growing. 

Experiences with Health Care Providers among Cancer Survivors, U.S. Civilian Noninstitutionalized Population, a statistical brief from the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey, focuses on the experiences of adult cancer survivors with their doctors or other health care providers, and the discussions and suggestions they received about follow-up care, and lifestyle changes after the cancer treatment. The estimates are presented by age, insurance, and poverty status.

Highlights

  • Two-thirds of cancer survivors between the ages of 18 and 64 reported that their health care providers discussed their follow-up care in detail.
  • A little more than half of the survivors in families with low income reported having a detailed discussion with their health care provider about follow-up and care after cancer treatment.
  • Less than half of the elderly survivors with Medicare-only insurance reported having a detailed discussion with their health care provider about follow-up care.
  • Among cancer survivors ages 18-64, less than one-fourth with private insurance reported that their health care provider briefly discussed the side effects of the cancer treatment.
  • Almost half of the elderly with Medicare-only insurance reported that their health care providers didn't discuss their social or emotional needs after the treatment at all.
  • Less than one-fourth of elderly survivors with Medicare only reported that their doctors discussed in detail the need for them to make lifestyle changes after cancer treatment.

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Page last reviewed October 2014
Internet Citation: Experiences with Health Care Providers: MEPS Statistical Brief No. 451. October 2014. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. http://www.ahrq.gov/news/meps1.html