Many Psoriasis Sufferers Hindered by Insurance Issues

Among issues are lack of adequate health care coverage, high copays

THURSDAY, June 24 (HealthDay News) -- A third of people with psoriasis do not receive adequate treatment for their condition because they lack adequate health care coverage or are unable to meet the copays for treatment, according to results of a survey conducted by the National Psoriasis Foundation.

The foundation surveyed 422 people with psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis by phone and online in November 2009 to determine the impact of their health insurance status on their ability to receive adequate treatment for their condition.

Although 59 percent of the respondents had third-party health insurance, 22 percent had Medicare, and 4 percent had Medicaid, 44 percent reported going without adequate treatment due to financial concerns. A third of those surveyed went without due to insurance related concerns: 12 percent went without treatment due to having no health insurance, 11 percent went without prescribed treatments because of high copayments, and another 11 percent went without needed treatment because their insurance plan did not cover it.

"Though it offers many positive changes, the new health care law does not prevent insurance companies from limiting the types of treatment they will cover for people with psoriasis and other chronic diseases, and it does not limit the co-payments insurance companies can require," Randy Beranek, president and CEO of the National Psoriasis Foundation, said in a statement. "The Psoriasis Foundation and our advocates will continue to monitor the new law and work on our population's behalf to ensure their needs are met."

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Monica Smith

Monica Smith

Published on June 24, 2010

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