Patients are likely to avoid preventive care should ACA coverage ruling stand, survey finds
In addition, 58% said they would be unwilling to pay for weight loss measures to address health risks tied to obesity, and 53% said they would not pay for depression screenings.
Fifty-two percent said they would not pay for HIV screenings if their insurance no longer covered them.About a quarter (23%) of those surveyed said preventive care is one of the most important services for health plans to over.
A group of health policy strategists wrote in The New England Journal of Medicine that caution is needed when considering whether Medicare should cover obesity drugs such as Novo Nordisk's Wegovy, which have shown a high level of effectiveness in helping people lose weight. They point out that there would be a significant cost burden for Medicare, which likely would lead to premium hikes, and they also note that the drugs may offer a less desirable risk-benefit balance for older people than for other age groups.
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