Tuesday, October 24th, 2017

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Mammograms? Pap Smears? Reform or Spending Less?

Why on earth would women think that a bunch of men don’t care about their health? Could it be that they want us to wait ten years to get tested for breast cancer? Or that they don’t believe pap smears, a traditionally routine form of preventive medicine, are as important for younger or older women? 
Last week the experts told us we don’t need to start getting mammograms until age 50. Today the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommended that most women over 21 can have a Pap smear every two years instead of annually. And instead of basing it on sexual activity it shold be based on age.
Mammograms, pap smears and, (coincidentally?) health care reform?
Approximately 4,000 American women die from cervical cancer each year, even though it’s very treatable. Most of them have never had a pap smear.
Most health plans base their coverage policies on guidelines from professional medical societies, including the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.
With the healthcare reform how are these going to change? Are these new regulations coming simply because insurance companies, and now the government, don’t want to pay for them?
What do you think?

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