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Will my health insurance cover the cost for prostate care?

Dr. Michael Roizen, MD
Internal Medicine
Most likely, yes. Your health insurance will probably cover the cost of diagnosing and treating prostate problems, but the extent of coverage and the specifics of that coverage depend on what type of plan you have. Call your insurer or whip out a magnifying glass to examine the fine print in your plan to find out the details.

Most comprehensive insurance policies cover tests for detecting prostate cancer and procedures for treating prostate cancer if it develops. Prostate cancer prevention involves one of two exams: a blood test or a rectal exam. Prostate cancer treatment includes surgery and/or radiation therapy. Many states are establishing laws to regulate health insurance coverage for prostate care and laws regulating coverage for preexisting conditions are changing, but each plan is different so you must talk to your provider about preventative and treatment options.

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