Lim­its on cancer cen­ter ac­cess just tip of the ice­berg

Modern Healthcare - - COMMENT -

Re­gard­ing “Deny­ing ac­cess to big cancer cen­ters may un­der­mine nar­row net­works” (April 7, p. 14), don’t stop now! The ar­ti­cle on re­stricted ac­cess to cancer care is the tip of the ice­berg.

Just as with cancer pa­tients, health plans omit other small pop­u­la­tions with se­vere needs. Sys­tems that care for large in­di­gent groups, as well as the sick­est of the sick, are be­ing told the same thing their cancer-care providers are hear­ing. It’s all about cost. The worst sur­prise is for par­ents seek­ing care for their kids in a time of need. Bill Ir­win Fort Worth, Texas

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