Objectively Pro-Cancer Death Health "Insurance" Giant, Aetna
Aetna thinks it's better for their company not to pay for an anesthetist/anasthesiologist's service during a colonoscopy -- and while colon cancer mortality rates have dropped over the past 4-5 years, colonoscopies are the only way of catching this killer early. Can you imagine
how many fewer people will be willing to have this test, if they cannot have anesthesia?
Doctors have been fighting Aetna over this; thus, the "delay" in
ARTFORD, Conn., Feb 27, 2008 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Aetna (NYSE: AET: 51.40, -0.51, -0.98%) today announced that it will delay the effective date of a new clinical policy addressing the medical necessity of an anesthesiologist's services during routine upper and lower endoscopic procedures, such as a colonoscopy. Aetna has always covered moderate sedation, which is delivered by the treating physician, and is the type of sedation used for the majority of colonoscopies across the country. In the new policy, which was announced in late December, Aetna continues to cover moderate sedation, but only covers monitored anesthesia care for high-risk patients. The policy was scheduled to be effective on April 1, 2008. Aetna will now delay implementation until patient-friendly alternatives - which will not require the added expense of an anesthesiologist - are approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and available in the marketplace.
And Aetna wants you to believe they're behaving responsibly.