Some women are questioning how the Affordable Care Act will affect their right to informed consent in regards to pap tests/pelvic exams. Some of the questions women are asking include the following:
Will insurance company policies require pap tests as part of the qualifying exam?
Will doctors use health insurance forms as a means to coerce women into unwanted pap tests?
If women are required to undergo pap tests in order to qualify for health insurance does this mean that men will be required to undergo prostate exams?
Will women and men no longer be able to decline screening tests that are currently considered “optional”?
The lack of clarity and lack of information is causing many women no small amount of anxiety, especially those women with a history of having been harmed by physicians’ practices, or who have chosen to decline screening in the past. Perhaps even more importantly, if the answer to any or all of the above questions is “yes”, then what is to be done about it?
Thank you Lynne for suggesting an additional forum to help track women’s experiences under the new health care act.