• “Exposing a Geographic Barrier In Rural Medicare Abdominal Free Flap Breast Reconstruction”

    1 month ago - By Journal of Plastic, Reconstructive & Aesthetic Surgery

    Clear barriers to breast reconstruction have been established including patient age, race, insurance status, household income, education, and geographic location. Rural geographic location of both the treatment institution and patient are independently associated with a reduced odds of reconstruction1. Rural patients are also more likely to have federal insurance such as Medicare, which negatively impacts the likelihood of breast reconstruction. Furthermore, Medicare patients are more likely to undergo reconstruction with prostheses than flaps2, and are therefore less likely to experience...
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