Apparently, we are seeing the first glimpse of the slumbering beast of socialized medicine awakening:
Breast exam guidelines now call for less testing
Women in their 40s should stop routinely having annual mammograms and older women should cut back to one scheduled exam every other year, an influential federal task force has concluded, challenging the use of one of the most common medical tests.
"We're not saying women shouldn't get screened. Screening does saves lives," said Diana B. Petitti, vice chairman of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, which released the recommendations Monday in a paper being published in Tuesday's Annals of Internal Medicine. "But we are recommending against routine screening. There are important and serious negatives or harms that need to be considered carefully."
How coincidental, that just as the government is about to take over the medical profession - while under heavy criticism for the cost - it is declaring certain tests to be less necessary!
Two thoughts jump to mind:
-I guess it's a lot easier to demand that women take/be provided with certain annual medical tests when someone else is paying the bill. Funny here too is how government can simultaneously impose the cost of regulation upon everyone else, but when it hits them, well...just change the science/change the regulation to make it more government-friendly! Too bad every other industry can't do that.
-Amazing how poorly served women are by the Democratic party. The Dems demand that health care reform include abortion on demand; and to pay for it, they'll cut back on mammograms. They will eliminate the opportunity for middle-class families to even bring their kids to the doctor as the politicians add 40 million people to the insurance rolls without adding one doctor. And already, their incompetence has made it impossible for kids with swine flu to even get the proper medication (see here for how pharmacists are mixing their own liquid Tamiflu), when more kids are dying from H1N1 than any other flu in recent history.
(Not to mention that the Obama administration is strictly a boy's club, who has completely marginalized their most high-profile female (Hillary); and when not giving her the finger get busy gang-raping Sarah Palin and Carrie Prejean).
A third thought:
"Tens of thousands of lives are being saved by mammography screening, and these idiots want to do away with it," said Daniel B. Kopans, a radiology professor at Harvard Medical School. "It's crazy -- unethical, really."
It's government health care -- really. Get used to it.