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Unnecessary Tests Abound

Editor’s note: Do you ever wonder how many medical tests are taken that are unnecessary, lead to no incremental value and are just revenue in someone’s pocket? There is always the peace of mind argument and the medical liability argument, but at what cost and to whom?

Research: Bone-density tests unnecessary for women on osteoporosis therapy
Australian researchers say it may not be necessary — and even could be misleading — to monitor bone density in older women in the first three years after they begin a drug regimen to prevent osteoporosis. Their study of more than 6,000 postmenopausal women found that after three years of treatment, 97.5% had at least a modest increase in bone density, with little variation in the treatment’s effect on the women. Yahoo!/HealthDay News

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June 25, 2009 - Posted by | Accountability, Cost, Economics of Health care, healthcare | , , ,

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