Whether it’s a waiter that tries to talk you into a bottle of wine with your dinner or someone at the clothing store who wants you to buy a belt, tie and shoes to go with your new shirt, everyone’s looking for a way to take a little extra money out of your pocket.
We’ve come to expect the upsell in stores and restaurants these days.
You’d like to think you can let your guard down at your doctor’s office. He’s not going to try to upsell you… is he?
You bet he is!
Docs are learning they can pocket a few extra bucks by offering add-on services that aren’t covered by insurance. And ladies, there’s one upsell you need to know about before your next cancer screening.
It’s an add-on to the mammogram known as “computer-aided detection.” Your doc will tell you it’s like having an extra set of eyes on your mammogram as the computer supposedly highlights possible anomalies.
Sometimes it’s covered by insurance, but often you have to pay for this upsell out of your own pocket.
The reason? Insurers know it doesn’t add much to a mammogram, and now a new study shows it, too. The analysis of more than 625,000 mammograms finds no difference at all in the results.
American women have been paying out $400 million a year for this upsell – nearly half a billion bucks, tossed down the drain.
The mammogram upsell that could cost you your peace of mind
And that’s hardly the only problem with computer-aided detection. The screening not only doesn’t improve cancer detection… but a study a few years back found it also increases the rate of a false positives.
Those false positives not only cause women undue stress, but can also lead to further procedures, including invasive tests such as a biopsy – and it all starts with the upsell.
The good news is that you don’t have to be in position to get an upsell in the first place, because mammograms often aren’t necessary.
Other procedures such as ultrasound, MRIs or thermography can often be more accurate and unlike mammograms use no radiation.
Don’t be bullied by the mainstream – speak to a holistic medical doctor about the cancer screening that’s best for you.
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