PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — There is no doubt that Medicare provides tremendous benefits to the elderly.
The goal is to try to relieve many of the financial burdens at a time of life when illness and chronic medical conditions can increase the need for care; care that can be quite expensive.READ MORE: Officials Investigating Gas Explosion Inside Home In South Philadelphia
For elderly patients with cancer, this time of life can be particularly difficult.READ MORE: Philadelphia Police ID Suspect In Deadly Shooting Of Temple Student Samuel Collington
According to an article in the journal Cancer, despite the help from Medicare, financial hardship can have a significantly negative impact on older patients.
According to the article, it is very important that patients with cancer and other chronic conditions who are elderly and have social services provided, have them provided at a very early time of care.MORE NEWS: FDA Panel Narrowly Votes To Recommend Merck's COVID-19 Pill
Many have limited income, lack of social support, and other factors that can have long-term impact on a person’s overall health and mortality.