September 10, 2009
OBAMA: Requiring insurance companies to cover preventive care like mammograms and colonoscopies "makes sense, it saves money, and it saves lives."
THE FACTS: Studies have shown that much preventive care — particularly tests like the ones Obama mentions — actually costs money instead of saving it. That's because detecting acute diseases like breast cancer in their early stages involves testing many people who would never end up developing the disease. The costs of a large number of tests, even if they're relatively cheap, will outweigh the costs of caring for the minority of people who would have ended up getting sick without the testing.
The Congressional Budget Office wrote in August: "The evidence suggests that for most preventive services, expanded utilization leads to higher, not lower, medical spending overall."
That doesn't mean preventive care doesn't make sense or save lives. It just doesn't save money.
Posted by Cassandra at September 10, 2009 12:12 PM
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Obama misses the boat again because he doesn't understand basic medicine and how it is practiced. Baseline mammograms are a good idea particularly with a family history to consider. A baseline colonoscopy is a great idea for the same reason. If polyphs are removed you are placed on a shorter schedule of follow-up tests than those who present no symptoms.
What he should have said was something along the lines of catching cancers early increases the success of therapies geometrically. Obama would rather insult Doctor's financial motives instead of congratulating them on working for chump change many times and pro-bono work that goes unsung.
Note to Obama, if you are looking for bogeymen, start looking at your list of czars and cabinet personnel. Clean your own cellar before you start worrying about others.
Posted by: vet66 at September 10, 2009 08:28 PM
Some screening does work, for example blood pressure checks. It's cheap too.
I am currently fussing with my doctor about having pap smears and mammograms. I have no risk factors for cancers in those body parts and I have no desire to put myself through the pain and distress of getting "regular" screenings.
No female on either my mother's or father's side has had these type of cancers for the past three generations.
My husband, on the other hand, has experienced several exposures to chemicals and other carcinogens through his military career. He was recently diagnosed with his third primary cancer. For him, I'm thinking a yearly body scan might be appropriate.
What truly worries me is the preventive measures that will be proposed about diet. Government recommendations about what is healthy to eat don't strike me as good use of tax dollars.
Posted by: Donna B. at September 10, 2009 10:20 PM
Blood pressure devices are relatively inexpensive and each home should have one. Undiagnosed High Blood pressure takes many lives each year through strokes. At the least people should be aware of the three basic forms of cancer that affect their gender, factor in family history of deaths and generation skipping cancers then make their own decisions based on this cursory analytical study of relevant facts.
For men, prostate and colon cancer checks are close behind heart healthy activities and checks such as cholesterol screening. For women it is mammograms and pap smears for gynecological considerations with heart health/strokes probably number one. Stop drinking, stop smoking, walk a little and stop eating so much high fat foods.
We have a BP monitor at home and hook up our friends when they come over for a free check. Take control of your health and be an advocate for your own health and help your tired ole' Doctor maximize his use of the 15 minutes he allots for your yearly checkup.
Posted by: vet66 at September 11, 2009 08:01 AM
"Whew!Who? The Charlatan-in-Chief?
Well at least he wasn't "lying":"
I've a feeling that Fooling some of the people all of the time will be the theme of B.O.'s Presidential Library, or maybe his Interactive Presidential Teleprompter.
Posted by: bt_Careful-with-that-reconciliation-Eugene_hun at September 11, 2009 10:02 PM