Medicare spends $1 billion on mammograms: study

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Moo-o wrote:

Is digital mammography “better”, is one unanswered question raised. We need tests that are accurate but also non- or at least less-harmful, to discuss true costs. The difference(s) between mammogram types is not discussed in this article but it is now well known that a risk from modern medicine is our being repeatedly exposed to radiation at the drop of a hat. And when does a regularly scheduled mammogram become (expensively) superfluous? I know a lady in her 90s, with multiple health problems already, and the poor thing was given a mammogram six months ago. This is abuse, of Medicare and of the patient.

Jan 08, 2013 4:04pm EST  --  Report as abuse
berylstmichel wrote:

so shall we just let these women die? notice that all of the static about mammograms is coming from MEN. This is money well spent, breast cancer is decreasing because screening works.

Jan 08, 2013 4:04pm EST  --  Report as abuse
JCW212 wrote:

If not now, when will we stop paying for procedures/methods that have not been demonstrated to be more effective than less expensive methods? This is not rationing. It’s simply the most cost effective use of public funds. If people choose to select the more expensive, unproven procedures, they should pay the difference. And, I am a female so this change would affect me. I’m approaching the upper limits of the screening age and I told my physician unless there were medical reasons, I’d stop the annual screening and switch to alternating years.

Jan 08, 2013 4:07pm EST  --  Report as abuse
nowaybro wrote:

Money well spent. Thats less than 0.2% of our yearly military budget.

Jan 08, 2013 4:39pm EST  --  Report as abuse

After just reading that cancer deaths are at a all time low in a different article, maybe it’s not so terrible that we are paying for preventive screenings. No one should have to struggle with any stage of cancer

Jan 08, 2013 5:21pm EST  --  Report as abuse
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