Study: Copays lead some women to skip mammograms

UNDATED (AP)-- A study finds that some women aren't getting a mammogram because they'd have to pay as little as $10. The study of Medicare users says that's especially true for many older women.

The study says screening rates were more than 8 percent lower among women required to pay a copayment or percentage of the cost compared to those with full coverage. It looked at more than 350-thousand women ages 65 to 69 with Medicare managed health plans from 2001 to 2004. The results are in Thursday's New England Journal of Medicine.

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