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Robert Preidt - December 2015
A new study shows that paid sick leave for cancer patients eases their financial struggles and helps them keep their jobs. It allows patients to take the time they need for cancer treatment while still receiving paychecks.
Dr. Christine Veenstra, author of the study and clinical lecturer in internal medicine at the University of Michigan Medical School, surveyed more than 1,300 colon cancer patients and found those who did not have paid sick leave were more likely to have financial problems. Of those surveyed, those with paid sick leave were nearly twice as likely to keep their jobs.
About 40 percent of Americans do not have paid sick leave. Veenstra notes, "paid sick leave can really support working Americans who have cancer or other issues as they go through their treatment.
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Original source: consumer.healthday.com