STEVEN A. SCHROEDER, M.D.; ALBERT R. MARTIN, M.D.
SCHROEDER SA, MARTIN AR. Will Changing How Physicians Order Tests Reduce Medical Costs?. Ann Intern Med. 1981;94:534-536. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-94-4-534
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1981;94(4_Part_1):534-536.
A special supplement being published as Part 2 of this month's issue is a primer on the "Selection and Interpretation of Diagnostic Tests and Procedures" by Griner and colleagues at the University of Rochester School of Medicine. This supplement, sponsored by the Committee on Cost Containment of the American College of Physicians, reviews principles of test use and provides clinical examples of how to use those principles. Because the primer was originally conceived as a method to reduce medical costs, its appearance raises five related questions: How important are laboratory tests in contributing to rising medical costs? Is the current
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