Friday, May 07, 2010

American Cancer Society criticizes guv report

The New York Times notes that the American Cancer Society has criticized the recent federal government report on cancer risks:

Dr. Michael Thun, an epidemiologist from the ACS, said in an online statement that the report was “unbalanced by its implication that pollution is the major cause of cancer,” and had presented an unproven theory — that environmentally caused cases are grossly underestimated — as if it were a fact.

Reminds one of Congress in patent reform relying on the theories of Quillen and Webster as if they were facts.

In the different area of heart risks, note the KYW-3 report Health: Stress Test Denials relating to the company MedSolutions:

Doctors say there's a pattern of pre-authorization denials. The Delaware Insurance commissioner and Congress are investigating. The company at the center of the controversy is called MedSolutions. It's hired by insurance companies to review test requests.

At issue, MedSolutions denying tests to help insurance companies save money? Its Web site says the company "is designed to deliver substantial savings of 25-30% for insurance companies."


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