A study in the August issue of the American Journal of Roentgenology (AJR) reveals that patients who have previously refused colorectal cancer screening would accept screening using CT Colonography—if their insurance would also cover the cost.

While CT Colonography (CTC) is widely accepted in radiology as an accurate alternative to traditional, invasive, colon cancer screening, few payors are covering the procedure due to the higher cost.

The study, performed at Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, included 68 patients who had been offered colorectal cancer screening. Patients participated in a questionnaire and were asked about their willingness to undergo CTC and about other relevant factors, such as fees.

Eighty-three percent of the patients revealed that they would be willing to undergo a CTC study. However, of those, 70% stated they would not do the CTC screening if their insurer did not cover a majority of the CTC cost.

Of the remaining 30% who were willing to pay the fees, the average amount they were willing to pay was $150 to $244—substantially lower than the actual cost.  Read the full article on line at the AJR website.
(Source: Press Release)