Tuesday, March 13, 2012
Colonoscopie$ avoided even by insured
Everyplace I go medical-wise, I see empty waiting rooms—doctors, labs. Even with insurance, people can’t afford copays, time off, waiting, going from doc to doc.
Researchers at University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill say even continuously insured people are getting fewer colonoscopies.
From Dec 2007 to June 2009, half a million fewer Americans underwent this test.
The study—Americans 50 to 64—showed a direct correlation between out-of-pocket costs and likelihood of getting the procedure.
Costs more—less likely.
Low out-of-pocket is $50. High out-of-pocket is $300.
They give away birth control—which by definition is needed in high-earning years—but this, oh no.