2017 Georgia Code
Title 33 - Insurance
Chapter 24 - Insurance Generally
Article 3 - Breast Cancer Patient Care
§ 33-24-71. Legislative findings.
- The General Assembly finds and declares that:
- (1) Whereas, until recently health care insurers covered costs of hospital stays of a patient who had undergone a mastectomy or lymph node dissection until that patient was discharged by a physician. Now some insurers are making mastectomies and lymph node dissections an outpatient procedure and refusing to pay for any hospital inpatient care following the procedure;
- (2) There is sufficient scientific data to question the safety and appropriateness of such treatment of breast cancer patients; and
- (3) The length of postmastectomy or postlymph node dissection inpatient stay should be a clinical decision made by a physician in agreement with the patient based on the unique characteristics of the patient and the surgery involved.
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