Doctors Admit They Order Too Many Tests

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Physician, heal thyself when it comes to ordering too many medical tests.

In a survey of 600 doctors funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, a majority admit that a lot of tests are unneeded, but 53 percent acknowledge that they’re guilty of ordering one when a patient becomes overly insistent about it.

The survey found that 75 percent believe the ordering of tests and procedures that aren’t really warranted is either a very serious or somewhat serious problem, and seven in ten say they’ve been successful at convincing a patient that the test is not needed.

Dr. Richard Baron, president and CEO of the ABIM Foundation, which conducted the study, says ordering too many tests can be harmful to patients and can raise the cost of health care for everyone in general.

In the meantime, just 15 percent of physicians think the federal government should intervene in the matter, with over half saying that they ought to be the ones to correct the problem.


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