Medicare spends almost as much money screening for breast cancer as it does treating it, according to a new study published in JAMA Internal Medicine. Breast cancer screenings cost Medicare $1.08 billion annually, lead researcher Dr. Cary Gross and his team at the Yale School of Medicine found. Given that Medicare spends $1.36 billion a year on breast cancer treatment, Gross said he expected the screenings costs to be much lower. "It should be a call to do further research to identify the best screening strategy," Gross said. "If we´re spending more, does it really help the patients?"
Comments: Last year, there were suddenly "studies" that popped up about how useless a mammogram was. Now this. With 0bamacare beginning to kick in, expect more of the same, especially against US "seniors" who developed and earned this care. How much more BILLIONS are wasted on social programs for illegal aliens that didn´t earn this "right?" And, let US not forget the unknown cost of unlimited abortions in our country annually.
Mr. 0bama, how much taxpayer money do we waste on your illegal family here? Send them home to live in the hut in Kenya.
Part of the comments by Dr. John Huff, the imaging director of the Vanderbilt Breast Clinic in Tenn:
"There are some breast cancers that might not need aggressive treatment, but we unfortunately are currently unable to identify which ones they are," Huff said. "So it´s nice to say we might be over-diagnosing or over-treating, but until we have evidence that helps us understand which people those are, it´s hard to separate those out as a group. So we´re left being a little less targeted."
He is in favor of staying with the current guidelines. So is the American Cancer Society. So am I.
Thanks for your comment OP. I feel I have contributed more than enough in taxes and should receive all screenings through Medicare. And, Yes, tests are going away. No PAP, and a few other tests I can certainly have, if I now pay for them. I will take a trip overseas and have these tests taken during a vacation. The tests will be done in clean, first class facilities and costs 25% or less what I would have to pay here. Haven´t yet decided on the country but it will be in Central or South America. I am not a mean person and used to consider myself generous. My mindset has changed. I don´t want my hard earned taxes goes to pay for illegals. I´d rather care for our elderly, our veterans, our children with disabilities.
PS. They keep ranting about radical treatments´ being done because of mammograms. For years here they have referred anyone with a questionable mammogram for an ultrasound. The approach is very measured and so is the treatment, tailored to the diagnostic findings.
The days of instantly opting for a radical mastectomy are long gone. Apparently these studiers didn´t get the memo.
Medicare has cut its reimbursement for primary care doctors below the breakeven mark in many areas of the country. In that case, one of two things happen: (1) Docs refuse to take Medicare patients, making it harder for the elderly to find primary care doctors or, (2) Docs find services that Medicare will pay for and make up the difference there.
I´ve watched both primary care and specialty doctors take advantage of this for a long time. I can´t really blame the doctors, as they couldn´t otherwise afford to handle these patients. But it is human nature - you set up regulations and people will find a way to comply...while achieving their original goals.
I bet you will also find women over 65 getting screened for pregnancy when hospitals institute policies that all females will be screened.
This is the administrations plan for fixing healthcare costs and the social security problem. The sooner the elderly the die, the less they need to pay out in healthcare costs or social security the better. Sounds just like what Allen Grayson suggested about the Repubs doesn´t it?
My mother discovered a lump in her breast when she was 75 and had a mastectomy. She lived aother 16 years. She had no radiation, so the expense was minimal. The government wants to do away with most testing for the elderly; that is the nature of government controlled insurance....."let them die and give them to tests and no treatment". For you young ones who are reading this.....your day will come where they throw you over the cliff like so much flotsam.
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$415 million is a drop in the bucket compared to the money spent on other nonsense. Our mothers, sisters, friends deserve these screenings to save lives. I see a disturbing trend in "experts" saying various screenings aren´t helpful. They are to the people whose lives are saved!
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There´s an important lesson here which is the cost of preventive medicine versus the cost of the illness. It´s a lie that it saves money, it doesn´t. However, this was used to sell Obamacare.
However, the suggestion to have a way of screening for those with a greater likelihood for a disease in order to get tested by a more expensive procedure makes sense and should be explored. Until these are developed, we are paying for a lot of peace of mind plus a little disease discovery, but that´s the way it is. When the Obamacare "Death Panels" decree Cancer treatment for someone over 75 is a waste, the screenings will go away. Just the other day it was revealed that President Obama said we don´t have a spending problem but a cost of medicine problem. Connect the dots. Welcome to Obamacare.
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