The government, the media and insurance companies keep telling hospitals and doctors that they overorder and overprescribe, and that is one big factor in the ever-upward march of healthcare costs. So an independent body, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, after review and analysis of eight clinical trials on breast-cancer screening and survival rates, comes out with evidence that says mammogram screening in those under 50 has little or no value (“Radiologists criticize new mammogram guidelines,” Daily Dose, Nov. 18). And what happens? The radiologists are up in arms. OK, we can expect that. Heck, look at all the revenue they will lose. But here's the real kicker, the Obama administration says just keep doing what you did last year (get screened) and leave it up to your personal doctor (he or she can make an independent decision?). And they want to cut costs by $1 billion over the next decade to pay for national health insurance.
Frank PoggioPresidentKelzon GroupBarrington, Ill.