Should insurance cover 3D mammograms?

Jun 15, 2017

BY: CCNH-LFDA Highlights

The Senate Commerce committee is studying a bill that would require health insurers to cover 3D mammograms. 

In a standard, 2D mammogram, doctors can inspect just two images of compressed breast tissue, top-to-bottom and side-to-side.  A 3D mammogram takes multiple x-rays from multiple angles, allowing doctors to see through layers of the breast, 1 millimeter thick at a time.  

According to the Dartmouth-Hitchcock website, 3D mammograms can detect cancer earlier and are less likely to result in false positives. 

Sen. Jeb Bradley, a sponsor of the bill, testified that 3D mammograms are roughly $50 more expensive than 2D mammograms, but they lead to cost savings down the road by decreasing cancer treatments.

Opponents of the bill argue that New Hampshire should avoid new coverage requirements, which increase health insurance premiums.

The National Cancer Institute also says that there is not yet enough evidence to say 3D mammograms are definitely superior to 2D mammograms. 

Do you think New Hampshire should require insurance coverage for 3D mammograms?  Share your opinion in the comments below.

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