Hospital offers discount to help uninsured women receive mammograms
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October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and Moab Regional Hospital is offering a discount to help uninsured women in the community receive low-cost mammograms. The coupons are available throughout the month of October, but may be used at any time throughout the year, according to a news release from the hospital.

The cost of a mammogram with the coupon is $175, which is more than 50 percent off the regular price, according to the news release.

The coupon is only for a screening mammogram, which differs from a diagnostic mammogram, hospital officials said, adding that a woman who has discovered a lump or has had an abnormal screening mammogram will need a more complex diagnostic mammogram.

The coupons are available at the Moab Free Health Clinic, the Southeast Utah Health Department office, local physician’s offices and at Moab Regional Hospital.

Women whose income is less than 250 percent of federal poverty guidelines and who are 50 years or older, may qualify for a free mammogram through the Southeastern Utah Health Department, and women who are 40 to 49 years old may also be eligible for a low-cost voucher.

The health department can continue to support women through the medical process if the screening comes back abnormal, so this is “the best option for women who qualify,” hospital officials said.

The Moab Free Health Clinic is also available to help women navigate their local healthcare options and may be able to offer financial assistance to patients who do not qualify for the health department mammography program and feel the reduced price at Moab Regional Hospital is still a barrier to receiving care.

One out of every eight women is diagnosed with breast cancer, and research shows that early detection is the key to survival. Although family history factors into disease development, the majority of women with breast cancer do not have a first-degree family member with breast cancer. It is recommended that women begin yearly mammography screenings at age 40. Mammograms identify cancer in the earliest stages, before a lump or symptoms develop.

It is very common for women to put their own health needs last, behind family and work obligations, said Jen Sadoff, director of community relations at MRH.

“Mammograms are one of those tests that are so important, but that many women don’t make a priority. Moab Regional Hospital offers digital mammography at a financial loss to the hospital, because distance and inconvenience are barriers to women getting screened,” Sadoff said. “The Moab Free Health Clinic shared their concerns about the affordability of mammograms for uninsured community members, and Moab Regional Hospital realized that we needed to do even more by reducing the financial barrier as well. ”

This week, on Friday, Oct. 11, MRH is also hosting its annual golf tournament to raise money towards the hospital’s digital mammography program. Interested golfers are asked to contact Sadoff at 435-719-4076 to register.

For more information about the coupon program or to make an appointment for a mammogram, contact the hospital at 435-719-3690.

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