A mastectomy is always a difficult surgery to face. In the past, women whose insurance coverage included the treatment of breast cancer were often forced to pay out of pocket for breast reconstruction following a mastectomy. However, with recent regulations, most insurance companies who pay for breast cancer treatment and mastectomy are now required to provide some type of coverage for breast reconstruction. Many patients are not aware of these regulation changes and a larger percentage than would be expected are not having reconstruction done immediately or in some cases, at all.
CANCER ANSWER TUESDAYS from Leif Rogers, M.D., FACS Even though breast reconstruction is covered under many insurance policies only 33 percent of eligible women with breast cancer undergo reconstruction. The primary reason for this seems to be that patients have not been informed of their coverage options and were not referred to a plastic surgeon […]Breast Cancer, breast cancer education act, insurance, legal rights, Leif Rogers
Since 1998, health plans that offer breast cancer coverage have been required to provide coverage for breast reconstruction and prostheses. However, published research shows that nearly 70 percent of women are not informed of their care options. In fact, recent studies by ASPS Member Surgeon Amy Alderman, MD, determined that the two dominant reasons why women did not undergo breast reconstruction were that they were not informed of options and they were not referred to a plastic surgeon for breast reconstruction.
Insurance. The word alone sends a chill up the spine of most of us. It’s something we buy and hope never to use. When the time comes that you do have to face the music it’s much easier if you tackle the insurance ins and outs from the beginning rather than waiting until the bills start […]