Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Breast cancer, Obamacare and cost / benefit analysis

"In a highly controversial move, an influential government-sponsored organization is recommending against routine annual mammograms for healthy women in their 40s. After reevaluating scientific research on mammography's ability to reduce deaths from breast cancer, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force says these women should consult a physician and make a decision reflecting their own preferences and values. The recommendation does not apply to women at high risk for the disease. The group had previously suggested that women ages 40 to 49 be screened for breast cancer every one or two years. "


Welcome to the new world of Obamacare, where all healthcare decisions are subject to cost / benefit analysis.

The question is no longer, "Does it saves lives?"

The question is now, "Does it save enough lives to justify the cost?"

I guess those who raised the spectre of "rationing" weren't such kooks.

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