posted on Jul, 30 2013 @ 12:13 PM
I smoked for a long time. Actually I still go back and forth every year or so.
I also live in a country where I pay for everybody's poor health choices. Don't get me wrong, I love me some free** healthcare (nothing is ever
free) but I think I do have a problem with giving out more to those who are at higher risk of disease by their own doing.
Case in point.
CHICAGO (Reuters) – After decades of debate, an influential U.S. panel has endorsed the use of low-dose CT scans to detect lung cancer in
high-risk individuals, paving the way for insurance coverage of the test for as many as 10 million smokers and former smokers.
The draft guidelines issued on Monday by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force call for annual CT screening of current and former smokers aged 55 to
80 with a history of smoking the equivalent of a pack a day for 30 years, or two packs a day for 15 years. The recommendation applies to those who
have quit smoking within the past 15 years.
Now it's not for EVERY heavy smoker, just those 55 to 80, which are the demographic most likely to still smoke as I understand it, also the
demographic that require constant medical attention.
Obamacare confuses me, because it's just another handout to insurance companies, and it's even stranger to me they would further bloat the system
with tests for high risk patients who in all honesty, should be testing themselves, at their own expense because of the choices they've made.
I'm a bit on the fence like I said. Everybody deserves access to medical care and medicine when they need it. Everybody has the right to real and
proper medical advice. Where do we draw the line at what the government is responsible for making us do however?
But some doctors worry the rating might lead to overdiagnosis and overtreatment of cancers, in much the same way that widespread screening
programs for breast and prostate cancers have done.
Funny, because I am more worried about over testing, not diagnosis, as that will lead to doctors and the insurance companies collecting some extra
dollars at the expense of the tax payer it seems.
What are your thoughts ATS?