In the first analysis of its kind, researchers find that unemployment and reduced public sector healthcare spend in the 2008-2010 global economic crisis is linked to an increase in cancer deaths. They also find universal healthcare coverage appears to protect against this effect.
The researchers suggest people in countries without universal healthcare coverage rely on the health insurance provided by their employers, and without employment, they may be diagnosed late, and face poor or delayed treatment.
For countries in the Organisation for Economic Development (OECD), they estimate the crisis is linked to over 260,000 additional cancer deaths, including 160,000 in the European Union. Read more.