The Disproportionate Impact of the Pandemic on Health Care Disparities and Cancer

On this episode of Managed Care Cast, we discuss how already wide health care inequities in cancer are becoming much worse because of the COVID-19 pandemic, with guest Monica Soni, MD, associate chief medical officer at New Century Health.

There is already an enormous amount of concern and worry about the effect of the pandemic on cancer screening; for instance, a recent report from the American Association for Cancer Research found an 87% drop in breast cancer screening, an 84% decline in cervical cancer screening, and an 80% reduction in colon cancer screening.

On this episode of Managed Care Cast, we discuss how health care inequities will make this problem worse, with Monica Soni, MD, associate chief medical officer at New Century Health. Soni, who previously was the director of specialty care for the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services, the nation’s second-largest municipal health system, delves into how racial disparities in health care and social determinants of health hinder preventing cancer in the first place. She also provides some reaction to President Joe Biden’s Cancer Moonshot announcement.

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