MARILYNN MARCHIONE | 12/ 9/10 11:07 AM |
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SAN ANTONIO — Remember the uproar last year when a government task force said most women don’t need annual mammograms? It turns out that only half of women over 40 had been getting them that often to start with, even when they have insurance that covers screening.
The information comes from a review of insurance claims that show what women actually do – not what they say in surveys.
“We all support many things – fast food isn’t what we should eat for dinner every night – but that isn’t what we do,” said Dr. Milayna Subar of Medco Health Solutions Inc., which manages benefits for many large insurers, including some Medicare plans.
She did the study, using records on more than 1.5 million women, and reported results Thursday at a breast cancer conference.
The finding is disturbing, said Dr. Judy Garber of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston and president-elect of the American Association for Cancer Research, one of the conference’s sponsors. “Here’s an insured population where cost is not a barrier,” and yet many women are not getting tested. [Read More…]