http://consumerist.com/2008/10/27/the-new-york-times-has/

The New York Times has an interesting article about the speed at which new medical devices are approved by the FDA. The article focuses on a breast cancer treatment that is widely prescribed, but which has not been conclusively shown to be as effective as traditional radiation. [NYT]

BCBCS Must Think Your Breasts Are A "Pre-Existing Condition"

BCBCS Must Think Your Breasts Are A "Pre-Existing Condition"

Marc’s girlfriend found some lumps in her breasts, the mammogram and ultrasound came back ok, but BCBS is denying coverage for the biopsy, saying it’s a “pre-existing condition.” The out-of-pocket cost is over $2,000. We’re confused, BCBS. What pre-existing condition? That she has breasts? That she might not have cancer?

HMOs Fail To Screen For Cancer, Major Diseases

HMOs Fail To Screen For Cancer, Major Diseases

12 million Californians are at a greater risk for cancer and other major diseases thanks to HMOs that fail to provide adequate preventive care, according to a Health Care Quality Report Card produced by the California Patient’s Advocate.