Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Colonoscopie$ avoided even by insured


They cost!

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.

Duh.

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.

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