and C-IMT Scans
Colonoscopy is considered a life-saving innovation in the early detection of colon cancer. So much so, that virtually all major medical insurance companies cover the cost of colonoscopy for adults over 50.
A 2018 study published in GUT found that screening colonoscopies, compared with no endoscopic screening, were associated with a 67% lower risk of death from colorectal cancer.
Similar to death from colorectal cancer, we believe that C-IMT would dramatically reduce the death rate from heart disease — as well as the annual cost of treatment.
Consider the following numbers*
*(in-patient hospital costs not included)
HEART HEALTH CARE:
Heart Attack, Stroke, Coronary Angioplasty & Bypass Surgery
Average Cost of C-IMT Scan $250
Number of Americans who have a heart attack every year 805,000
Average cost of heart attack treatment $53,400
Number of Americans who have a stroke every year 795,000
Average cost of a stroke treatment $31,200
Number of Americans who have coronary angioplasty every year 965,000
Average cost of coronary angioplasty surgery $32,200
Number of Americans who have coronary bypass surgery every year 500,000
Average cost of coronary bypass surgery 117,094
Annual average cost of treating: $157.4 B
Heart attack, stroke, coronary angioplastym and bypass surgeries
COMPARING COLONOSCOPY WITH PREVENTIVE HEART HEALTH
The average cost of a C-IMT ultrasound scan is less than one tenth of a colonoscopy, which is covered by virtually all health insurance companies. As you can see from the graphic above, the cost-saving benefit of detecting potential heart attack and stroke victims as well as potential coronary angioplasty and coronary bypass patients absolutely overshadows the benefits of detecting colon cancer.
Leaving Us to Wonder…
- What if C-IMT were covered by most health insurance providers?
- How many millions of American adults would receive an annual C-IMT scan?
- How much money would that save?
- More importantly: How many lives would that save?