As overall health care costs rise, corporate operating margins are cut, and companies have less capital for expansion or development, making them less competitive. An Institute of Medicine study showed that $130 billion a year is lost to businesses due to postponed care by uninsured patients, Mr. Miller said. The NCHC is working with various levels of government, medical associations, and other groups to try to develop solutions for these problems.
We are advocating for comprehensive health care reform, Mr. Miller said. All these issues highlight the importance of studying SES in medicine.
Oropharyngeal Cancer and SES
Several studies in the medical literature highlight different SES factors as they affect areas within otolaryngology specifically. A study by researchers at the M. D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston looked at sociodemographic factors as they related to survival among patients who underwent radiation therapy for squamous cell carcinoma of the oropharynx (SCCOP).