Skin lesion removal rationed in Florida

BMJ 1996; 313 doi: (Published 14 December 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:1506

Florida's Medicare programme has placed stiff restrictions on the removal of certain skin lesions that are linked to solar exposure, but dermatologists and elderly people are taking legal action to oppose the restrictions.

Medicare, the health insurance scheme for people aged over 65, maintains that treatment of asymptomatic actinic keratosis is medically unnecessary. They have stipulated that actinic keratoses that are …

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