New Cancer Screening Recomendations

The news has been filled with talk about the new cancer recommendations.  Now the experts are recommending fewer screenings for breast cancer, cervical cancer and prostate cancer.  Mostly there have been questions of who is behind the change.  Is it the health insurance companies wanting to save money?

There was a good article in the LA times this weekend which points out that there are many different results from cancer screening, and not all are good.  http://www.latimes.com/news/science/la-sci-screenings21-2009nov21,0,6713570.story

When should you screen?  Who should screen?  Who should pay for the screening?

Right now the debate is on health care.  It is not just a matter of getting health insurance for everyone.  This insurance is going to cost the insurance companies more (and us as a result) if they pay for more screenings more often.  Also false positives cost the insurance companies (and us) more for more tests and treatments.  Should the doctors, and medical equipment manufactures make the screening less expensive so people can make their own choice rather than what the insurance companies decide?

I have heard Doctors talk about all the years they invested in education as justification that they should make less money.

Do the pharmaceutical companies make more money than they need?  Do they encourage extra use of their drug?

Do we expect too much from the doctors and are quick to bring suite?

S many questions and few answers.

 

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