Low-Dose Lung CT Can Save Thousands of Lives Right Now


Should Medicare beneficiaries have access to the same testing benefits as individuals with private health insurance? That question is at the crux of Medicare’s deliberation of a coverage decision for imaging high risk beneficiaries for lung cancer. Unfortunately, a Medicare advisory panel recently concluded that while low-dose CT (LDCT) could save thousands of lives, the benefits are insufficient to recommend coverage. This conclusion is surprising and disappointing, particularly given the evidence that indicates exactly the opposite.


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