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Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Doctor Panels Recommend Fewer Tests for Patients

“’Overuse is one of the most serious crises in American medicine,’ said Dr. Lawrence Smith, physician-in-chief at North Shore-LIJ Health System and dean of the Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine, who was not involved in the initiative. . . .

Many previous attempts to rein in unnecessary care have faltered, but guidance coming from respected physician groups is likely to exert more influence than directives from other quarters. But their change of heart also reflects recent changes in the health care marketplace.

Insurers and other payers are seeking to shift more of their financial pain to providers like hospitals and physician practices, and efforts are being made to reduce financial incentives for doctors to run more tests.” (New York Times

Then there are the incentives that come out of subsidized demand and the incentives involved with various monopolies.

FEE Timely Classic

Health Care’s Muddled Incentives” by Arnold Kling