Sumary of Your Free Cancer Screen Shows Trouble: What If You Can’t Afford the Follow-Up?:
- 12, 2021 — Just over a decade ago, the passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA, or Obamacare) made many common cancer screenings free.
- “With the Affordable Care Act provisions, any United States Preventative Services Task Force [USPSTF] Grade A or B recommendations are covered at no cost,” explained Dr. Tina Tailor, lead author on one of the studies.
- “This includes a number of things, but some example of screening tests would include mammography, colon cancer screening, lung cancer screening and cervical cancer screening.
- ” And the move towards cost-free screening “is a fundamental step in enabling access to preventive care,” said Tailor, who is an assistant professor of radiology at the Duke University Medical Center in Durham, N.
- Her study honed in on the cost of lung cancer follow-up tests and was published recently in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.
- “We found that individuals requiring downstream invasive testing after their [free] screening examination paid anywhere between $0 to approximately $7,500 out of pocket,” she noted.
- Four in 10 patients who underwent a post-lung cancer screening procedure didn’t pay anything for their follow-up;
- Called a colposcopy, this type of exam may include a biopsy and a range of other gynecologic procedures.