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Sequester cuts impact local cancer treatment

Cancer doctors across the country are telling thousands of chemo patients they may have to turn them away. That's something that is drawing some national attention. Cancer doctors across the country are telling thousands of chemo patients they may have to turn them away. That's something that is drawing some national attention.
Locally, there are two types of healthcare providers. One is for profit and the other isn't. Depending on where you go, things could be dramatically different. Locally, there are two types of healthcare providers. One is for profit and the other isn't. Depending on where you go, things could be dramatically different.
Because of the sequester, the government is paying hospitals and clinics less to treat medicare patients. Because of the sequester, the government is paying hospitals and clinics less to treat medicare patients.
CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) -

The sequester budget cuts are starting to affect different aspects of our economy.

Cancer doctors across the country are telling thousands of chemo patients they may have to turn them away. That's something that is drawing some national attention.

Locally, there are two types of healthcare providers. One is for profit and the other isn't. Depending on where you go, things could be dramatically different.

Because of the sequester, the government is paying hospitals and clinics less to treat medicare patients.

The people at Saint Francis and Southeast hospitals in Cape Girardeau say right now it doesn't affect them.

"We certainly will keep an eye on it, but right now the question of providing the service isn't happening," Kevin Rush, executive director of Southeast Cancer Center, said.

"We need to look for more ways to work more efficient," Dennis Vanasche, administrative director of cancer services at St. Francis Hospital, said. "So that, we can continue to take care of our patients and keep our doors open."

Both are non-profit organizations and say they will treat any patient that walks through the door.

The for-profit clinics, there aren't many in the Heartland, are not associated with a hospital and can choose what type of patients they accept.

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