Price, stigma may keep patients from using insurance for STDs

By Kathryn Doyle (Reuters Health) – Barriers to getting tested or treated for sexually transmitted disease (STD) need to be lowered, a U.S. study concludes. In 2013, before the Affordable Care Act – better known as Obamacare – was fully implemented, researchers found that half of patients at STD clinics were unwilling to use their health insurance for their visits, mainly because they worried about privacy or cost. “A 2014 article found that half of patients at a Massachusetts STD clinic chose to self-pay for STD clinic visits rather than use their insurance,” said lead author of the new study, Dr. William S. Pearson of the Division of STD Prevention at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta.
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