Preventive care: It's free, except when it's not

CHICAGO (AP) -- Many Americans are finding out that free preventive care under the nation's health overhaul isn't always free.

Sometimes doctors are confused and charge a copayment when they shouldn't. Other times a screening test turns into treatment. An Arizona man wound up paying $1,100 after his free colonoscopy revealed a polyp, a possible warning sign for cancer. A Florida woman had to argue with hospital staff to avoid paying $700 for a mammogram.

President Barack Obama's health overhaul requires most insurance plans to pay for cancer screenings, cholesterol tests and other preventive services. Millions of patients have received such services this year.

But a few expensive surprise bills has some screening advocates worried that such experiences may undercut the law's intent of preventing more serious health problems by catching them early.


Join the Conversation!

To comment, the following rules must be followed:

  • No Obscenity, Profanity, Vulgarity, Racism or Violent Descriptions
  • No Negative Community Comparisons
  • No Fighting, Name-calling, or Personal Attacks
  • Multiple Accounts are Not Allowed
  • Stay on Story Topic

Comments may be monitored for inappropriate content, but the station is under no legal obligation to do so.
If you believe a comment violates the above rules, please use the Flagging Tool to alert a Moderator.
Flagging does not guarantee removal.

Multiple violations may result in account suspension.
Decisions to suspend or unsuspend accounts are made by Station Moderators.
Links require admin approval before posting.
Questions may be sent to webmaster@wvlt-tv.com. Please provide detailed information.

powered by Disqus

WVLT VOLUNTEER TV

6450 Papermill Drive Knoxville, TN 37919 Phone - (865) 450-8888; Fax - (865) 450-8869
Gray Television, Inc. - Copyright © 2014 WVLT-TV Inc. - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 136303333 - local8now.com/a?a=136303333