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(Medical Xpress)   A quick, easy scan can reveal late-life dementia risk and as soon as the insurance companies figure out how to overcharge and over complicate it, it might get released in time for the   (medicalxpress.com) divider line
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2022-06-27 10:14:22 AM  
7 votes:
Insurance companies work relentlessly to pay nothing or close to it. It's how they make money. Of course, the "simple test" will be priced at $35,000 and the insurance will cover $89, or something along those lines.

Not so CSB...
My wife has been dealing with a bad kidney for four years. Last week we went to Mayo Clinic for diagnostics and surgery. The decision was made to remove the kidney.

The insurance company claimed that a kidney removal should not be an inpatient procedure. They didn't want to pay for the hospital stay. Mayo played three card Monty with the insurance company and called it "observation" for two nights instead of "admission."

The idea that removing a major organ, with significant risk of bleeding, blood pressure spikes, infection, etc. doesn't require a hospital stay is laughable. But an insurance company will sure as hell try to wriggle out of that expense.
 
2022-06-27 8:31:11 AM  
3 votes:
Subby has dementia if they think insurance companies charge you for medical services. Insurance companies decide if the will pay anything and if so, how much.
 
2022-06-27 10:25:16 AM  
3 votes:
Why do I want to know, there is no treatment.
 
2022-06-27 10:22:38 AM  
2 votes:
They'll be giddy to have another tool to deny coverage for due to a 'preexisting condition'.
 
2022-06-27 12:17:17 PM  
2 votes:
The simple test will be free and mandatory. So they know to cut you off before you start costing them a lot of money.
 
2022-06-27 1:18:13 PM  
2 votes:

Pestifer: The simple test will be free and mandatory. So they know to cut you off before you start costing them a lot of money.


They test you, you don't have symptoms yet, but you now have a pre-existing condition. Sorry!
 
2022-06-27 3:28:09 PM  
2 votes:

KarmicDisaster: Why do I want to know, there is no treatment.


FTFA, they're testing for a type of abdominal plaque build-up which can lead to it decades later - and can be addressed before you suffer brain damage. So while there is no treatment or cure, this may lead to a reduced chance of getting it in the first place.

Also, with all of the new medical technology - no treatment or cure -today- doesn't mean there won't be a drug in 20 years that will stop you from getting it in 30, or at least greatly delay its onset.
 
2022-06-27 11:08:42 AM  
1 vote:

KarmicDisaster: Why do I want to know, there is no treatment.


Maybe not now but the more they detect things accurately then maybe down the line they'll come up with a fix for those with the insurance/cash to deal with it. Us plebs however are just the lab rats right now and the article is a feel good sell on the "testing".

Now if you'll excuse me I need to get back to testing these combustible lemons... For science.

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2022-06-27 2:29:01 PM  
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I am Tom Joad's Complete Lack of Surprise: They'll be giddy to have another tool to deny coverage for due to a 'preexisting condition'.


Have you entered a portal back to 2008?  That's not a thing anymore.

KarmicDisaster: Why do I want to know, there is no treatment.


You wouldn't, but people trying to make treatments might.  Being able to detect you have it BEFORE you show significant symptoms would help immensely in the search of treatments.  Trying to roll out treatments after you already have symptoms and damage is tough.

Of course, it also depends on how accurate the screening tool is.
 
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