Medicare policy flawed

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Interesting how liberal Democrats spout out the garbage that we Republicans are responsible for the so-called “war on women.” Well, here’s some war-on-women info that the government’s regulations and policies regarding women’s mammograms and pap tests are responsible for.

Evidently the government seems to believe that a woman’s breasts are more important than her uterus, Fallopian tubes and ovaries. Medicare will pay for a pap test only every two years. Yet it will pay for a mammogram every year. Just who gets to make that policy decision? Having cancer of the uterus or ovaries is extremely serious because that disease usually is not diagnosed early. So they make us wait every two years?

We can bet our bottom dollar that senior women in Congress don’t have to worry about this. With their “Cadillac” insurance plans, no need to worry, ladies. Have your annual pap test; we’ll pay. The rest of you? You’re on your own.

Something very serious is wrong with this picture.

Pat Tortorello

McCormick, S.C.

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nannygoat
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nannygoat 03/01/14 - 08:09 am
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Agree...

Three things to note. First, a pap smear detects neither ovarian nor uterine cancer. Second, the tests that may detect them are significantly more expensive than a mammogram. Lastly, breast cancer gets WAY more exposure and support than any other female realted malignancy. Something WE need to change.

corgimom
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corgimom 03/01/14 - 08:12 am
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Because for the very vast

Because for the very vast majority of people, cervical cancer is very slow-growing and only needs to be checked every 2 years.

What nannygoat says is true, pap tests do not detect cancer of the uterus and ovaries. Women should still have an annual GYN exam, they just will only get a pap test every two years.

This is not a problem.

corgimom
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corgimom 03/01/14 - 08:13 am
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It isn't any different than

It isn't any different than getting a colonoscopy every 10 years.

DanK
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DanK 03/01/14 - 09:38 am
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Recommendations based on research

Around 12% of all women will get breast cancer. 2/3 of the breast cancers in women occur after age 55 -- i.e., the older the woman, the greater the risk. So it makes sense that older women should have regular mammograms. And it makes sense that Medicare (older women) would provide for regular mammograms.

Conversely, the need for Pap testing declines with age. It is rarely needed more than once every 3 years for women 30-64, so long as the results remain negative and there are no factors increasing risk. And Pap tests are often not required at all for women over 65 unless they have had positive tests in the recent past. Since Medicare begins at age 65, there is really no basis for more frequent testing.

teaparty
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teaparty 03/01/14 - 10:17 am
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" It isn't any different than
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" It isn't any different than getting a colonoscopy every 10 years."
corgi, I know you dislike being corrected but it is now every 7 yrs.

teaparty
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teaparty 03/01/14 - 10:21 am
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'Something very serious is
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'Something very serious is wrong with this picture.'
What is seriously wrong is they made big cuts in Medicare this year and even bigger cuts are planned for next yr. Good luck finding a doctor that will take Medicare and who can blame them.

corgimom
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corgimom 03/01/14 - 10:24 am
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DanK, no it doesn't, if you

DanK, no it doesn't, if you are disabled it can start at 18.

Bizkit
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Bizkit 03/01/14 - 06:25 pm
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The "War on Women" is as old

The "War on Women" is as old as man-women are winning by the way.

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