So this morning, after I read the front page, ranted, and went off to work, I come home and pick up the San Diego lightweight we refer to as a newspaper where I left off. Imagine my horror when I open the "Currents" section (ie: women's section), glance to the top of the page, and read THIS GEM:

"NEWS FLASH: PAP SMEARS - Many doctors are performing unnecessary Pap smears, ignoring guidelines issued by major medical organizations and adding to health care costs. Of 1,212 primary-care doctors who responded to a survey about cervical cancer screening, about one-fifth described practices that were consistent with the latest recommendations from groups, including the American Cancer Society and the United States Preventitive Services Task Force. Most had overused cervical cancer screening."

AM I THE ONLY ONE SEEING THESE WORDS HERE?!?! Unnecessary; ignoring quidelines; adding to health care costs; TASK FORCE; overused!! Is there a reason the other 4/5ths willfully ignored these so-called guidelines? Because female health care adds to health care costs?!?? What the hell? Do they want us to DIE?!? Viagra is available on ALL health care plans, even though it comes with a litany of risks, the most hilarious being "if you experience an erection lasting more than four hours, seek immediate medical attention"?!??!

Last note - in this same section, the headline article is "Busy women often leave one vital item off their to-do list: CARE AND NURTURE YOUR OWNSELF". One of their recommendations: "Get Tested: Starting at age 20, women should be getting clinical breast exams at least every three years. After age 40, get annual clinical breast exams, mammograms, Pap smears and pelvic exams, unless you are at higher risk because of family cancer (meaning more rather than less than the recommended testing)."

So, if we don't do the recommended testing because the powers that be tell us we are "adding to health care costs" and we die anyway because they told us we should be tested annually (off the record), it's our own damn fault.

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David Dodd Nov. 17, 2009 @ 7:26 p.m.

It's out of control. This is why government sponsored/controlled health care scares me. It's bad enough when the crappy HMO's control it, but the people reporting this crap are the same people that are going to be advising the government on such issues.

Whatever happened to the ounce of prevention being worth a pound of cure?

This stuff is really upsetting to me, even as a male.

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SDaniels Nov. 17, 2009 @ 7:49 p.m.

"After age 40, get annual clinical breast exams, mammograms, Pap smears and pelvic exams, unless you are at higher risk because of family cancer (meaning more rather than less than the recommended testing).""

This recommendation is blatant falsehood. Teenage girls should be getting pap smears and pelvic exams annually. As soon as a female becomes sexually active she should get yearly gyno exams.

Gringo, I'm glad to hear it bothers you too, although not sure why you had to add "even as a male." ;) This is a concern about human health care, and such quackery through neglect suggests that the same issues could arise around men's health care, too.

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David Dodd Nov. 17, 2009 @ 7:55 p.m.

"Even as a male", SD is out of respect for women. I can't get cervical cancer, and although male breast cancer is a reality, we are at much less of a risk. And dollars to donuts, the people deciding these "recommendations" are mostly males that are not at risk, nor medically trained at any rate.

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MsGrant Nov. 17, 2009 @ 8:34 p.m.

Yes, exactly. Why are our needs discounted because our organs are different? Interestingly enough, they are, as SD notes, linked to sexual activity. Don't get me started on that. I have another story to tell tomorrow about women being denied birth control.

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antigeekess Nov. 17, 2009 @ 9:22 p.m.

"Get Tested: Starting at age 20, women should be getting clinical breast exams at least every three years. After age 40, get annual clinical breast exams, mammograms..."

Nuh-uh. I hadn't heard that they're now trying to cut Pap Smears. The one I saw reports on at least 3 times yesterday was this:

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20091116/ap_on_he_me/us_med_mammogram_advice

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The reason for EVERYTHING.

EV. RY. THING.

Grant, please don't tell me you still believe your government, or insurance companies, or the board of directors or stockholders of any given corporation give a tiny rat's ass whether you live or die?

BTW, what a turkey ObamaCare has turned out to be. $5300yr/$440 month per person, or a $750 fine to NOT have it.

Thanks a lot, homey.

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MsGrant Nov. 17, 2009 @ 9:51 p.m.

Anti - if you have not already, read my earlier blog posted this morning.

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MsGrant Nov. 17, 2009 @ 9:48 p.m.

S***, I don't know what to believe anymore. I am consistently astonished at how much women's healthcare is regarded as a drain on the "system", because we need more than men. My point above was this morning I picked up the paper and read about breast cancer screening basically being another drain, and then coming home from work to finish the paper and encountering the above assault I wrote about. IN THE SAME PAPER ON THE SAME DAY AND THEN THE ENSUING ARTICLE BEING ABOUT HOW TO TAKE BETTER CARE OF OURSELVES STARTING AT AGE 20!! Which led to my synopsis:

"So, if we don't do the recommended testing because the powers that be tell us we are "adding to health care costs" and we die anyway because they told us we should be tested annually (off the record), it's our own damn fault."

I know they don't give a rat's ass about us. But I do.

P.S. You are so lucky not to have a paper like the Trib. I hate it with every fiber of my being, but it is all we have.

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SDaniels Nov. 18, 2009 @ 12:06 a.m.

"And dollars to donuts..."

Eek! You are starting to sound like Pete!

Yes, it is frightening to think that insurance companies don't bother asking doctors to make judgement calls about our health.

The figures sound extremely high, AG. Are you sure it is really $440/month? If so, most people will opt out. Did you notice a clause anywhere allowing a waiver for those choosing to retain their own insurance?

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