An insane amount of patients get a ton of tests and procedures done that they don’t need., approximately 600,000 people. These tests and procedures collectively cost $282 million.
So, the Washington Health Alliance, a nonprofit dedicated to making care safer and more affordable, found out how much these procedures actually cost overall.
According to the Washington Health Alliance, in just one year:
More than 600,000 patients underwent a treatment they didn't need, treatments that collectively cost an estimated $282 million.
More than a third of the money spent on the 47 tests or services went to unnecessary care.
3 in 4 annual cervical cancer screenings were performed on women who had adequate prior screenings – at a cost of $19 million.
About 85 percent of the lab tests to prep healthy patients for low-risk surgery were unnecessary — squandering about $86 million.
Needless annual heart tests on low-risk patients consumed $40 million.
They are hoping that the report enlightens patients and medical professionals. Medical professionals and patients should really think about what labs and procedures they actually need. Health care is extremely important but it should not be taken for granted.
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