Your Opinion: Guideline linked to Obamacare
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Does anyone pay attention? Does anyone read between the lines? I feel it is my obligation to explain the latest Obamacare farce as a practicing physician and, more importantly, a prostate cancer survivor.
The United States Preventive Services Task Force just published guidelines for prostate cancer screening. They say it is no longer necessary to routinely screen for prostate cancer with the PSA blood test. Keep in mind this is a government-sponsored study.
If I had gone by these guidelines, I likely would not be here or have advanced prostate cancer. I had a routine PSA test at age 51 (like recommended at the time), was diagnosed, underwent treatment and am happy to say, cancer-free today.
Let’s read between the line, on this study. This is a thinly veiled attempt by the government to limit or eliminate what they feel are costly PSA tests (20 million per year) and the expensive care that often follows.
The facts are that we see many fewer end-state prostate cancer patients because of early diagnosis and treatment.
This study is setting the table for Obamacare and what’s coming.
Patients should pay attention to what’s happening, be informed and speak up when appropriate.
I feel the real prostate exam is coming with Obamacare.
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