Medicare to Pay for Smokers’ Lung Cancer Annual Screening

February 8, 2015 1:06 AM

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Health officials announced Thursday that Medicare will also cover lung cancer annual screening in people aged 55 or older. The move is expected to save tens of thousands of lives in the U.S. since lung cancer is one of the leading causes of death in the country.

The decision’s supporters had been heatedly debated over the issue with doctors for years. Health care providers claim that the extremely costly computed tomography scans (CT-scan), which track lung cancer in its early stage, would not be beneficial for many. But both Medicare and the move’s advocat...

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