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Stopping extensive pre-op testing requires malpractice reform

MedPage Today, December 6, 2012

UTMB researchers looked at more than 73,000 elective hernia repairs and discovered almost 2/3 of the patients had preoperative laboratory tests. That unnecessary pre-op testing occurs has been understood for many years. The UTMB paper points out that the estimated cost of preoperative testing is anywhere from $3 billion to $18 billion. The UTMB group recommended that surgical societies establish guidelines for pre-op testing.


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