Should We Withhold the Best Lung Cancer Screening Test to Save $3

2014 Annual Meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology

 

2014 Annual Meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology

 This would be funny if it were not true. There has never been a great way to screen for lung cancer until recent studies from Johns Hopkins showed that low dose CT scanning could pick up lung cancer in “at risk” patients at stages earlier enough to result in cures.

But a MEDICARE panel just came out with their decision NOT to cover testing because it would cost $9 billion dollars

According to the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, screening patients over the age of 65 would detect almost 55,000 new cases of lung cancer over a 5 year period –at an early and treatable stage!

The total 5-year expenditure would amount to an increase in premiums of $3.00 per month per Medicare member and it is predicted that early diagnosis would double

Lung cancers diagnosed at an advanced stage would decrease, from the current 57% to 40%.

How much is your life worth?

If any of our patients think Johns Hopkins knows a little more about this than the government and would like to be screened, there are several Radiology practices in the area that will perform this test for $75.

 

 

lung cancer screening

MAXhealth Primary Care

MAXhealth Primary Care

Your one source for complete, immediate, open and direct family healthcare.

Learn more

Patient Portal

Patient Portal

Manage your patient account here from the comfort and privacy of your own home

Learn more

Become a Patient

Become a Patient

It only takes a few minutes to get the best.

Learn more

Our Locations

Our Locations

Visit one of our 8 primary care locations.

Learn more