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