Quick Read: Doctors Groups Urge Fewer Routine Tests
It’s hard for both doctors and patients to wrap their minds around, but many tests and procedures commonly done are unnecessary. These procedures drive up cost and don’t help patients. By some estimates, as much as one-third of all procedures performed in the United States are of “questionable benefit.”
In a move likely to alter treatment standards in hospitals and doctors’ offices nationwide, a group of nine medical specialty boards plans to recommend on Wednesday that doctors perform 45 common tests and procedures less often, and to urge patients to question these services if they are offered.
Lisa Aliferis is the founding editor of KQED's State of Health blog. Since 2011, she's been writing stories and editing them for the site. Before taking up blogging, she toiled for many years producing health stories for television, including Dateline NBC and San Francisco's CBS affiliate, KPIX-TV. She also wrote up a handy guide to the Affordable Care Act, especially for Californians. You can follow her on Twitter: @laliferisView all posts by Lisa Aliferis →