Author Topic: breast exams  (Read 304 times)

Offline Rich meier

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has anyone had mammograms or intends to get one. I have been thinking about getting one. does anyone who knows will insurance or medicare pay for  one if your male


Offline MarcoB

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Do not get mammograms!!  See my post at about thermograms instead, which are more sensitive, more accurate, less expensive, painless, and cannot cause any harm, even to pregnant or nursing women.

Offline gynepaul

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Medicare paid for mine.  

Offline brock123

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Yes, and it wasn't a big deal at all medically.  Insurance covered it, but mine was via a referral from my PCP.  As with all things insurance, you might want to try to ensure you stay "in network" and have such a referral for the procedure.  No clue how much it would cost out of pocket.  In my case, there was also a couple scheduled follow-ups with specialists, of which I only went to the first (thanks COVID).  For that one follow-up I followed through with it was just a small copay only.

If cost/insurance is a concern I suggest you contact your provider first to see if they will pay for this or require you to jump through a bunch of hoops before they will.

If you have any concerns about the procedure itself, it's kind of anti-climactic.  The tech will walk you up to a large machine and instruct you how to place your chest/breast in said machine correctly.  The machine then smushes you up a bit for a couple/few seconds to capture the images.  Rinse and repeat for the other side.

As a male, the only legit problem I encountered was after the procedure; I was subsequently (and quite unceremoniously) ferried into a dark corner of the facility where nobody could see me and given my clothes to put back on and told to sit on a bench.  I did press the staff on this and their explanation was that the women present may have a problem with me being there at all.  Kind of a lame excuse, but I understand.

Offline Traveler

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I had pretty much the same experience as Brock did above. This was in a smallish city of 50,000 or so. I asked if they get many men and was told “more than you’d think.”


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