Aug 09, 2004 - 12:31 am
In Feb 99,after becoming eligible for Medicare, I signed on with a certain HMO and was provided a copy of their "Healthwise" handbook. In regards to prostate cancer, the book states: "There is a great deal of controversy about the value of using digital rectal exams and the PSA blood test to screen men who do not have any symptoms of prostate cancer." Consequently, my HMO primary care doctor never suggested a PSA despite my age of 65. Saves them a lot of money. I dumped this HMO in Nov 01 and was found to have a very elevated PSA shortly after my first visit to my new primary care doctor and have since been diagnosed with a high grade prostate cancer. These guys are dangerous to say the least. Some HMOs are OK, just don't get sick.