Breast screening costs exceed $1B for Medicare

01/9/2013 | Reuters

Medicare spends about $1 billion on breast cancer screening annually, and about $410 million goes toward screening women older than 74, according to a study in JAMA Internal Medicine. Researchers analyzed data from 2006 and 2007 and found annual breast cancer screening costs totaled $1.08 billion, while Medicare spent $1.36 billion on breast cancer treatment. Researchers also found that breast cancer screening prices varied by region, ranging from $42 to $107 for a single patient.

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