The Doctors: Penalized For Screening For Prostate Cancer?
The Doctors shared a headline that reported doctors could be penalized financially for ordering too many prostate tests for patients. This specifically applies to patients on Medicare and is part of a federal effort to redefine and reward quality in healthcare services. Testing for prostate cancer is not always done the right way, but if done appropriately a doctor shouldn’t be penalized for it. African-American men are 2.5 times more likely to be diagnosed with prostate cancer than white men. The PSA test is what is so controversial, but for some individuals, it just needs to be on a case-by-case basis.
It’s known that men in their 80’s and 90’s have a pretty high chance of having prostate cancer, so in those cases it should be evaluated differently. Government intervention isnt always the answer.