Cervical cancer is detectable in its early stages through regular screening with a Pap smear test.  Death rates from cervical cancer have dropped dramatically since the 1950s as Pap smear use has increased.
         
This table shows the percentage of women ages 21 to 64 enrolled in each Minnesota HMO who received a Pap smear within the past three years, by type of insurance coverage.
         
 
Private Insurance
Medicaid
MinnesotaCare
General Assistance Medical Care
Blue Plus
83.3%
84.8%
77.6%
59.5%
First Plan
80.3%
68.9%
63.6%
50.0%
Group Health
82.7%
NA
NA
NA
HealthPartners
89.3%
78.6%
80.5%
61.1%
Medica
76.3%
78.4%
79.3%
64.5%
Metropolitan
NA
73.7%
77.4%
58.3%
Preferred One
70.5%
NA
NA
NA
Sioux Valley
79.7%
NA
NA
NA
UCare
NA
77.9%
77.4%
61.3%
         
         
NA = Not applicable, no members enrolled in this type of coverage.
NR = Not reported.
         
Results are not adjusted for differences in age, health status, region of residence, or difference in level of insurance coverage of health plan members.  In addition, the method used to calculate these rates varies across health plans.  For this reason, caution should be used in making direct comparisons across health plans and/or type of insurance coverage.
Data source: HMO reports to the Minnesota Department of Health for calendar year 2002.

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