Health care reform stands to affect almost all people with cancer, both those who lack insurance and those who already have it. Some will be affected profoundly, as they will be spared from financial ruin because of their treatment. The bill also addresses cancer screenings, out-of-pocket expenses, clinical trials, the Medicare “doughnut hole,” and even creates new taxes on cancer-unfriendly industries—such as tanning salons—to help pay for it. Opinions vary on reform, from those who think it goes too far, to those who think it didn’t go far enough. But patient advocates say the changes will generally be good news for anyone with cancer.
Cure Today has an excellent article on healthcare reform and its effects on cancer patients. One paragraph sums it up.