November 25 2009
Carrie L. Lukas
New mammography guidelines from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force continue to draw criticism.
The guidelines announced last week suggest that women ages 40-49 should not receive the breast-cancer screening procedure, and that those age 50 and up should only receive the procedure every other year. Opponents of government-run healthcare fear that the new guidelines highlight just how the U.S. government plans to ration healthcare. (See earlier article)
Carrie Lukas is the vice president of policy and economics with the Independent Women's Forum. The government, she believes, is showing its hand when it comes to running the healthcare industry.
"I think this really hits home to a lot of people -- and I don't think it's this specific decision on whether or not a woman should have mammography in her 40s versus her 50s," she shares. "It's this idea of government making the decision. I think...most people think this should be between patients and doctors, not the decision of a government bureaucrat."
Lukas contends that the government is taking a "one size fits all" approach to medical procedures and screenings.
In an earlier interview, Dr. John Pierce of the Christian Medical Association told OneNewsNow that the frequency of mammography procedures should be determined on a case-by-case base and take into consideration family history.