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    Or, stepping back and thinking about it... Maybe BC/BS has analyzed the data and determined that early detection of breast cancer increases survival rates while decreasing costs and side effects on the patient. This would just be proper data driven healthcare management - same thing Obama has encouraged. Is it right when Obama recommends it and wrong when a private insurer recommends it?

    Would you prefer that BC/BS discouraged you from early detection?

    IMHO, someone who fails to followup on routine tests as recommended by their doctor should not be covered (at least by a government plan) for additional care that may arise from late detection as a result of ignoring testing recommendations. Much as I don't think that if I'm in a car accident and the other party is illegally not wearing a seat belt that I should be held accountable for injuries that arose from their failure to wear a seat belt.

    If someone doesn't care enough about their health to get standard recommended tests, I don't care enough about their survival to pay for expensive treatments necessary because of delayed detection. There are plenty of unfortunate people who do follow doctors' recommendations who still are struck by the very disease that the recommendations are designed to eliminate or catch early. I'd rather focus resources on the latter group.

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