Financial Hardship and Chronic Disease

A chronic disease diagnosis such as cancer or Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias (ADRD) can have a significant financial impact on the family; and although having insurance greatly reduces the cost of care, comprehensive health insurance coverage does not guarantee access to the highest quality of care or eliminate the risk of substantially deteriorating a household’s financial resources.

Dr. Tucker-Seeley was selected as a (2018-2019) scholar in the USC Research Center on Minority Aging Research (RCMAR) and received funding to conduct a study researching racial and ethnic disparities in the association between multiple domains of financial hardship (material, psychosocial, and behavioral) and chronic diseases such as cancer or ADRD.