"Annual direct costs for the three interventions range from $47 million to $194 million."I suppose if we're willing to accept the ordering of tests that go beyond guidelines, we're willing to accept increases in medical costs that accompany them.
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Diagnostic Tests - How Meaningful Are Guidelines?
A 2006 study in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine found that from 5% to 43% of three tests (EKG, x-ray, urinalysis) were ordered for apparently healthy, asymptomatic individuals during routine preventive exams - tests which evidence and guidelines recommended against performing.