PAUL D. SAVILLE, M.D., F.A.C.P.
To the editor: In their article "Use of the Laboratory in a Teaching Hospital" (Ann Intern Med 75:157-163, 1971) Griner and Liptzin stress the tendency for housestaffs to order a large, perhaps excessive, number of laboratory tests. They point out that the charges for these tests average $459, or approximately one quarter of the hospital bill. The chief thrust of this article is that by ordering more tests than "necessary," housestaffs are contributing to the run-away cost of hospital medical care. Nothing could be further from the truth. We must not confuse costs with charges. The increase in costs of
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SAVILLE PD. Cost of Tests. Ann Intern Med. 1971;75:968–970. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-75-6-968_2
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1971;75(6):968-970.
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