Hospitalized women’s willingness to pay for an inpatient screening mammogram

Waseem Khaliq, Ché Matthew Harris, Regina Landis, John F.P. Bridges, Scott M. Wright

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Abstract

Lower rates for breast cancer screening persist among low income and uninsured women. Although Medicare and many other insurance plans would pay for screening mammograms done during hospital stays, breast cancer screening has not been part of usual hospital care. This study explores the mean amount of money that hospitalized women were willing to contribute towards the cost of a screening mammogram. Of the 193 enrolled patients, 72% were willing to pay a mean of $83.41 (95% CI, $71.51-$95.31) in advance towards inpatient screening mammogram costs. The study’s findings suggest that hospitalized women value the prospect of screening mammography during the hospitalization. It may be wise policy to offer mammograms to nonadherent hospitalized women, especially those who are at high risk for developing breast cancer.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)556-558
Number of pages3
JournalAnnals of family medicine
Volume12
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 1 2014

Keywords

  • Breast cancer
  • Hospitalized women
  • Inpatient screening mammography
  • Willingness to pay

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Family Practice

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