Coffee Club: Unnecessary Medical Procedures Cost Patients

Coffee Club: Unnecessary Medical Procedures Cost Patients

We're talking about trips to the doctor. You go in to have something checked out, and then you think to yourself, "what does this test or procedure have anything to do with my condition"?
Several groups of health experts have come together to cut down on unnecessary medical tests and procedures.

They estimate wasteful procedures may constitute up to 20% of health care costs in the U.S.

A few of the latest recommendations include advising doctors against ordering chest radiographs for children with asthma -- which can lead to the overuse of antibiotics due to false positives.

They also recommend against treating reflux in infants with proton pump inhibitors.

The latest studies show the treatment is not effective in babies, and could cause side effects.

Have you ever experienced unnecessary medical testing?

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