January 19, 2010

HEALTH CARE IS JUST ANOTHER CONSUMER GOOD:

More Mammogram Madness: A new study shows women who won't benefit still get the tests. (Sharon Begley, Jan 19, 2010, Newsweek)

In a nutshell: a significant percentage of elderly women with severe dementia are getting screened. Such women have an average life expectancy of only 3.3 years. Yet science-based guidelines from the American Cancer Society and other experts say that women with a life expectancy of less than five years should not be screened (because any cancer that's found will not grow fast enough to cut into her remaining years). Even more disturbing, if an elderly woman with severe dementia is also married and with a net worth of $100,000 or more, she is more than twice as likely to get these inappropriate mammograms as her poorer peers.

Posted by Orrin Judd at January 19, 2010 11:34 AM
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