What Hologic Didn't Say

The other day, Meg Eckenroad, Hologic VP Women's Health and Professional Relations sent an email encouraging us to contact the members of Congress and to urge them to support the Protecting Access to Lifesaving Screenings (PALS) Act (H.R.3339 and S.1926)

The proposed legislation would place a two year moratorium on implementing the USPSTF breast cancer screening recommendations, allowing time for concerns from the medical community and patients to be addressed. Hologic has developed an online toolkit to help facilitate your participation at: http://uspstf.mygenius3d.com.

The reason for their activism is "to help women live longer, stronger, healthier lives". They highlight that implementing the USPSTF breast cancer screening recommendation would allow insurance companies to then require copays, coinsurance and/or deductible payments from women ages 40-49 yr. What they don't say is Hologic has approx 60% US market for mammography units which they sell and service. Within the company breast health accounts for 39% of its revenue. So much for full disclosure!

Author
Sharan Abdul-Rahman, MD

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