Insurance law boosted access to post-mastectomy reconstruction

05/7/2013 | Reuters

A 1998 federal law requiring health insurers to cover breast reconstruction after tumor excision increased access to the procedure, particularly among women with publicly funded insurance, according to a study published in the journal Cancer. Between 2000 and 2009, the percentage of eligible women who got reconstructive surgery rose from about 5% to 20% among those with Medicaid, from 4.3% to 12.3% among those with Medicare and from 22.1% to 57.1% among those with private insurance. However, many doctors still do not refer breast cancer patients for reconstruction, the study's lead author said.

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