Editorials4 February 2014
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    Breast cancer screening has been a charged issue for decades. Concerns about access, quality, health promotion strategies, and clinical effectiveness crescendo at various times, but 1 factor is consistently overlooked: Cost. Unlike purchases outside the health care arena, there are no easily accessible price tags on screening mammography or subsequent follow-up imaging tests and procedures. Health care costs, in general, are usually obscured from view (1, 2). The absence of readily available and reliable information precludes valid assessments of costs at both the individual patient and societal levels. Women and their providers do not know the costs associated with breast ...


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