PHILADELPHIA, PA–(Marketwired – October 04, 2017) – “Hepatitis C In America,” a new Health Union national survey of 609 individuals diagnosed with chronic hepatitis C infection, shows that more than one-third of uncured respondents were not currently under the care of a healthcare provider (HCP), typically due to financial concerns.
While new Hepatitis C treatment options are revolutionizing care, many patients report financial challenges (53 percent) and insurance denial/lack of insurance coverage (25 percent), along with apprehension about treatment and side effects, as common barriers to accessing treatments. The survey also found most (86 percent) respondents with current chronic Hepatitis C infection were not actively treating their condition at the time of the survey.
Hepatitis C is the most common blood-borne infection in the United States and can lead to serious complications including cirrhosis and liver cancer. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Hepatitis C is the leading cause of liver transplants in the U.S.