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Hepatitis C: A Game of Where’s Waldo?

hepatitis C

What does your insurance plan recommend regarding hepatitis C?

These days, most of the mail I receive in my postal box is junk. My health insurance plan sent me a lovely document describing all the items that should be cheeked by my medical provider. The document lists all the immunizations I should have, the recommendations for colorectal screening, breast/cervical cancer screening (prostate for men), and bone density testing. Cholesterol testing begins at age 35 for men and age 45 for women. It even reminds me to have dental checkups and cleanings twice a year.

What’s missing? A one-time hepatitis C screening test for everyone born from 1954 through 1965. I scanned the entire document, hoping I was wrong. After all, checking for hepatitis C is a cost-effective way to screen for liver cancer. Surely the insurance company would want to save money with early detection rather than wait until patients have advanced disease.

Fortunately, this turned out to be more like a game of Where’s Waldo rather than blatant oversight. The document directed me to the website to find out more about preventative care guidelines. There in black and white under “hepatitis C,” it says, “Screen once if born between 1945-1965.” Thank you Anthem Blue Cross.

What does your insurance plan recommend regarding hepatitis C?

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