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The Impact, Costs and Consequences of Catastrophic Illness on Patients and Families. A Report of a Social Research Study of Selected Families Stricken by Advanced Cancer.

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Cancer Care, Inc., and The National Cancer Foundation, Inc.59 pages. New York, New York: , 1973.. Complimentary copy sent on request.

Ann Intern Med. 1974;80(3):429. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-80-3-429_2
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This brochure reports on the results of a questionnaire to 115 families (448 individuals) who provided facts about their financial, social, and personal hardships associated with this catastrophic illness. All families needed and received free professional counseling directed toward assisting these families in coping with the situation.

Three-fourths of the families incurred costs of from $10 000 to $30 000. The median cost of $19 054 was two and a third times more than the median family income of $8000. More than 84% of the families had costs exceeding $10 000. Although medical insurance helped to defray some costs in


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