People are being charged for preventive health care, health care that should be at no cost to them. That’s the headline from an article in the US News & World Report by Robert Preidt, HealthDay Reporter.

The article stated, “Out-of-pocket charges for preventive care that should be free under the Affordable Care Act can discourage patients from receiving recommended care…”. While a majority of patients are receiving preventive care for free, those who were charged only paid about $20 or less.

Unexpected charges were also common for routine screenings for cancer, diabetes, cholesterol, depression, obesity, and sexually transmitted infections, as well as pregnancy-related services.

The primary conclusion of the study was these charges were discouraging future health care screenings.


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