• Do You Really Need That Medical Test?

    12 days ago - By Health

    Make sure your insurance covers any test your doctor wants to give you.

    Unnecessary medical tests are inflating your bills—and may even be endangering your health. A 2006 study in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine found that in 43% of routine checkups of outwardly healthy people, doctors ordered an X-ray, electrocardiogram, or urinalysis—tests that are not recommended for routine prevention under national guidelines .
    "There is harm in extra tests, such as exposure to radiation," says Daniel Merenstein, MD, the director of family medicine at Georgetown University and the lead...
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