Barack Obama, writing in a New York Times editorial "Why We Need Health Care Reform" , August 15, 2009, said,
... we will require insurance companies to cover routine checkups, preventive care and screening tests like mammograms and colonoscopies. There’s no reason that we shouldn’t be catching diseases like breast cancer and prostate cancer on the front end. It makes sense, it saves lives and it can also save money.Obama implies the listed procedures are not covered by private health insurance with out any evidence whatsoever. And people actually are believing his baseless claim.
I don't know first hand about mammograms and breast cancer. I do, however, know about colonoscopies and prostate exams. I am 55 yrs old and my private insurance care physician did a prostate exam (cough) in his office exam room and the procedure was covered by my private insurance. I paid the $15 co-pay as required by the insurance plan. I also had blood work for cholesteral and diabetes all of which were ordered by my physician and paid by the insurance plan except the co-pays.
Doctor Dave then ordered a colonoscopy for me at a hospital out clinic. The initial consult with the butt doctor was also covered under the insurance plan. Again, I paid the $15 co-pay. When the colonoscopy was performed a month later, the insurance paid for the procedure and I paid the surgical co-pay of $500 as specified in the private insurance policy.
The results have all been given to me and I have discussed them with the attending and the primary care physicians. There is nothing wrong with my prostate, my cholesterol levels are well within normal despite my high fat and meat diet, there is no sign of diabetes, and the colon is free of abnormalities.
For me and millions of other privately and publicly insured patients, the preventative procedures performed on me and costing the health insurance company thousands were a total waste of time and absolutely a total waste of money. I already knew there was nothing to find. Even if there was, I am not going to do anything about the problem anyway. Whatever causes my death is going to happen; I'm not about to stop it.
My only real concern was why I was required to present photo ID for a colonscopy, but not to vote. Liberals have made most everything bass-ackwards.
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