Davis Medical and Broaddus Hospital Offering Free Mammograms
February 22, 2018
ELKINS, W.VA. – Breast cancer screening can save lives. That’s why Davis Health System is introducing a new program to make screening mammograms free to women who qualify.
“Breast cancer is the second leading cause of women’s death from cancer,” said DMC Radiology Director Debbie Dean, MS, R.T. (R), (N), (M). “A screening mammogram can help find cancer when it is too small to feel.”
The mammograms are provided by Davis Medical Center in Elkins and Broaddus Hospital in Philippi. Both locations feature digital mammography and are accredited by the American College of Radiology (ACR). A physician’s order is required, and more information is available through the Radiology Department at Davis Medical Center at 304.637.3344, and at Broaddus 304.457.8589. Details and sign up sheets are also available on the website at davishealthsystem.org.
Women who are uninsured or underinsured (have a high deductible) are eligible for the program. Other eligibility criteria include 40 years of age or older; have not had a mammogram within the last 12 months; and, do not have insurance, including Medicare or Medicaid, that covers a screening or diagnostic mammogram.
The free mammogram program is funded by the Davis Health System Foundation, and is designed to meet the needs of women who do not have health insurance or whose health plan has an extremely high deductible. It is part of Davis Medical Center’s PACE program aimed to help consumers access low-cost care, get quotes for services, understand payment options, save money and find assistance programs available for varied needs.
“The rise of high-deductible health plans is having an effect on how people access healthcare. We’re finding that more people are putting off or not seeking important medical care and preventive screenings because they are afraid of high medical bills,” said Davis Health System President and CEO Vance Jackson, FACHE. “In response, we’re developing the PACE program to help remove the cost barrier to receiving necessary healthcare.”
The free mammogram program is one of several healthcare specials DHS plans to offer in 2018. Other events include discounted diagnostic screenings, health fairs, educational events and enhanced financial counseling services.
Dean added that finding breast cancer at an early stage greatly increases the patient’s survival rate. “When breast cancer isn’t identified early, it can quickly become more costly and more complex to treat. It’s really worth a patient’s time to take advantage of this breast cancer prevention measure,” she said.
PACE, Providing Affordable Care for Everyone, is a Davis Medical Center program designed to help remove cost as a barrier to receiving necessary healthcare. Whether persons are insured, uninsured or underinsured, this service helps families navigate the complexities of healthcare cost through services like cost estimates and quoting, understanding insurance coverage and payment options, money-saving tactics and screenings, and financial assistance programs for varied needs.