Preventive Services Task Force Faces Condemnation?
Few Americans had even heard of it until three years ago, when the advisory board with the 10-syllable name challenged convention by saying women under 50 might not benefit from mammograms, just as the debate over health care was coming to a boil.
The task force was accused of trying to ration care, even though its members never consider cost, says group chairwoman Virginia Moyer, a professor of pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. Critics repeated those accusations in May, when the task force suggested that healthy men would be better off skipping PSA tests for prostate cancer, concluding that men are more likely to be harmed than helped.
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