CHICAGO (AP) - With three out of four Americans who are infected
unaware they have hepatitis C, Illinois lawmakers last month approved a
measure to fight what’s been called a silent epidemic.
largest doctors group is now urging Gov. Bruce Rauner to veto the bill
that would require doctors to offer blood tests for the contagious liver
disease to baby boomers - those born between 1945 and 1965. That’s been
the recommendation of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention since 2012.
Doctors don’t need lawmakers telling them to follow guidelines, the Illinois State Medical Society insists.
The legislation “intrudes on the physician’s judgment and relationship
with the patient, and doesn’t guarantee that patients who do test
positive for this liver disease will have access to treatment, which can
cost tens of thousands of dollars,” said Illinois State Medical Society
President Dr. Scott Cooper.
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