A basic breathing test for those that suffer from World Trade Center Illness is not being given to 60 percent of HMO patients. Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Diseases, or COPD, is a common ailment for those who worked in the clean up effort at Ground Zero. It includes things such as bronchitis and emphysema.
The HMOs throughout the state were asked whether their doctors give breathing-capacity tests to COPD patients.
Only 43 percent of commercial HMOs in New York reported giving the test; 37 percent of Medicaid HMOs provided it.
The results show the federal government should continue funding clinics that treat Ground Zero workers because HMOs and their doctors fail to treat the problem, said WTC ironworker and advocate John Sferazo.
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