Do you get dizzy and see dollar signs whenever you think of scheduling a doctor’s appointment? Visits to the doctor can be expensive, especially when it comes to medical testing. Keep reading and we’ll give you some tips on how you can avoid burning holes in your wallet by finding low-cost cancer screenings.
Let’s start by explaining what cancer screening entails. Screening tests are either done by image processing with medical technology or conducted visually by a screening specialist. These examinations should be scheduled regularly, as recommended by your physician. The regularity of these screenings is based on age, family history and lifestyle. The objective of cancer screenings is to detect cancer before symptoms appear.
Next, let’s discuss some programs that offer free and low-cost cancer screening tests.
The Affordable Care Act (ACA) makes it possible for people to get free cancer screenings. Not all tests are covered, but tests for common cancers like colon cancer, lung cancer, breast cancer and cervical cancer screenings are usually covered under the ACA.
Not everyone is eligible for free screenings. The best way to find out if a screening is free is to check with your insurance company. They will be able to tell you which tests are free and whether you’ll have to pay a deductible or co-pay. Medicare does offer screenings free of charge, and free screening programs are often based on your individual or family income.
Your state may also require private health care plans and Medicaid to offer free screenings. You can contact your state health department to find out what is covered.
Your risk for a particular type of cancer may also make you eligible for a free screening. For example, if you are 50 years of age or older, you can get a free colon cancer screening because people are considered to be at higher risk for colon cancer once they turn 50.
The Center for Disease Control’s (CDC) National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program offers free or low-cost mammograms and Pap tests nationwide. You can contact your insurance company to find out if you qualify.
Over 93 percent of most cancers are curable if they are detected early. Screenings and testings are an integral part of early cancer detection, so schedule your appointment now!