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Medical News & Perspectives
January 17, 2001

Some Radiologists Want More Money Up Front

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JAMA. 2001;285(3):281-282. doi:10.1001/jama.285.3.281-JMN0117-2-1

Chicago—Radiologists warn of a growing paradox that potentially threatens women's health.

These physicians claim they are not being reimbursed adequately for mammography. The paradox is that record numbers of women are being screened for breast cancer, so the more patients that are tested, the more money clinicians lose. This predicament could wind up driving physicians away from the subspecialty, meaning women may one day find that they can't get mammograms locally or may face intolerably long waiting lists. Both of these scenarios could make it easier for them to skip the examination and possibly miss detection of breast cancer at an early, treatable stage. About 180 000 US women died from breast cancer in 2000.

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