Coverage of Laser Technology by Health Insurers

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This paper presents some empirical information on how insurers consider payment for new medical devices. It describes the survey results of medical directors affiliated with private health insurers about their coverage decisions using, as examples, three applications of lasers: laser angioplasty for opening narrowed or blocked coronary arteries; laser discectomy for treating herniated intervertebral discs; and photodynamic therapy (using a light–sensitive dye) for bladder cancer.

Creator(s): United States. Congress. Office of Technology Assessment.
Location(s): United States
Creation Date: August 1995
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UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
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Office of Technology Assessment
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This paper presents some empirical information on how insurers consider payment for new medical devices. It describes the survey results of medical directors affiliated with private health insurers about their coverage decisions using, as examples, three applications of lasers: laser angioplasty for opening narrowed or blocked coronary arteries; laser discectomy for treating herniated intervertebral discs; and photodynamic therapy (using a light–sensitive dye) for bladder cancer.

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41 p. : ill. ; 28 cm.

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UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
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Office of Technology Assessment
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  • LOCAL-CONT-NO: 9551
  • SUDOC: Y 3.T 22/2:12/2003012316
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  • ARK: ark:/67531/metadc39815
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