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Health care blessing or blueprint for a scandal?

Frederik Joelving
Frederik Joelving

The risks and benefits – both physical and fiscal – of cancer screening have become a burning topic, and have been absorbed into the endless political controversies surrounding the health reform law.

Are certain tests "essential benefits" or a boondoggle that can actually do more harm than good? And if they are deemed "unessential," then someone who disagrees inevitably uses the "R" word (rationing.)

We asked Reuters Health reporter Frederik Joelving to share how he reported on a high-profile doctor touting a new screening test. The test may be quicker and cheaper than the standard procedure, but hasn’t been proven to help anyone.

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