One might then ask, why does America experience such poor results? Part of the problem, Dr. Chagpar argues as well as many of her colleagues, is the endless barrage of “needless tests.” As she laments toward the end of her post, “We need to stop the madness…we need to practice more rational evidence-based medicine.” Indeed, a study led by physicians at the Mount Sinai Medical Center and the Weill Cornell Medical College in New York, discovered that between unnecessary CT and MRI scans or Pap tests to screen for cervical cancer in teenagers, the U.S. spent approximately $6.8 billion in 2009 alone. And this estimate was deemed “conservative.”
In becoming aware of this problem, the federal government is now aggressively following those who use needless tests to support false claims. In fact, two cardiovascular disease testing laboratories, Health Diagnostics Laboratory (HDL) and Singulex Inc., have now agreed to pay a combined $48.5 milli...
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