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Comparison Shopping by Doctors Saves Hospital Costs

submitted by: admin on 09/19/2013
  Physicians are primarily concerned with providing the best laboratory tests and patient care possible, and cost is not a huge consideration. A study published in Internal Medicine in April of 2013 showed that if hospitals would post the cost of tests on lab requisitions that MDs would pay more attention to ordering fewer and less expensive tests. In...

The High Cost of Defensive Medicine

submitted by: admin on 10/17/2013
  You can't really blame MDs for practicing defensively when they are trying to do the best job they possibly can for their patients and they don't want to be involved in a malpractice case if they make an error. In a study of 1200 orthopedic surgeons 96% admitted practicing defensively. This came to an estimated $2 billion cost annually. Many...

Why Americans are not Filling their Prescriptions or Getting Recommended Tests

submitted by: admin on 10/17/2013
  The 2012 Consumer's Report's annual prescription poll shows many Americans cannot afford to pay for the multiple prescriptions, doctor visits, or multitude of lab tests ordered by their physicians. About 45% of US adults take an average of 4.1 drugs and among those between 18 and 39 years of age take an average of 2 prescriptions. A stunning...