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US may require insurance cover for bowel cancer screening

BMJ 2002; 325 doi: (Published 20 July 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;325:124
  1. Deborah Josefson
  1. Nebraska

    The US government is moving towards requiring that health insurers cover the cost of routine screening for bowel cancer, making the tests more widely available to the general public.

    The move has provoked controversy in some quarters, on the grounds that mandatory screening for colon cancer amounts to “disease specific favouritism” and will drive up already high healthcare costs.

    Colon cancer kills 56 600 Americans every year and is the second leading cause of death from cancer in the United States, …

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