PAUL D. SAVILLE, M.D., F.A.C.P.
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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
SAVILLE PD. Cost of Tests. Ann Intern Med. ;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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