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Cost of mammograms goes up, test go down

January 23, 2008 12:00:00 AM PST
New research suggests that the cost of mammograms might be preventing some women from getting them.With the rising cost of health care, some insurance plans are increasing the amount that patients have to pay out of pocket. Experts say that means fewer women are receiving regular mammograms to screen for breast cancer.

Researchers at Brown University found that even an added cost of $15 resulted in an 8 percent decrease in women getting mammograms.

Some say screening tests should be exempt, because they catch disease early and often reduce medical costs in the long run.