No-cost CRC screening lowers death rate, increases cost effectiveness

A study, presented at 2017 Digestive Disease Week, examined how eliminating financial disincentives would impact colorectal cancer screening quality, Gastroenterology and Endoscopy News reports.

Elisabeth F.P. Peterse, a doctoral candidate at Rotterdam, Netherlands-based Erasmus University Medical Center, and colleagues used a virtual population model to study how waiving copayments and unexpected fees would impact quality-adjusted life years.

Here's what they found:

1. By eliminating copays, 5 percent more unscreened patient underwent a screening.

2. Deaths related to CRC in 65-year-old patients decreased by 8 percent.

3. The decreased death rate was equal to a cost-effectiveness ratio under $20,000 per QALY.

G&E linked the results to the ACA. The ACA eliminated copayments and deductibles related to CRC screening, but patients still field costs if physicians detect and remove polyps. Researchers suggest eliminating any financial disincentives to CRC screening, would be more cost-effective.

Several professional gastroenterology societies support providing CRC screening at no cost to patients.

Digestive Disease Week was May 6 to May 9 in Chicago.

More articles on gastroenterology:
CapsoVision launches CapsoCloud to make CapsoCam data extraction easier — 3 key notes
GI leader to know: Dr. Marla Dubinsky of Mount Sinai Hospital
FDA grants Innovate Biopharma's ulcerative colitis drug orphan designation — 3 insights

© Copyright ASC COMMUNICATIONS 2017. Interested in LINKING to or REPRINTING this content? View our policies by clicking here.

 

Top 40 Articles from the Past 6 Months