Opportunities for Cost Reduction of Medical Care: Part 3

Monte Malach; William J. Baumol


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The excessive use of chest and abdomen CT scans, including repeat, unnecessary scans has resulted in excessive radiation and related cancer concerns, vascular disease, and excessive costs.[59] An estimated 75 million CT scans are performed in the United States each year—the largest number worldwide. The Yale Medical Group estimates that some 29,000 future cancers may result from such overuse.[60] Excessive radiation from the overuse of breast mammography also has been documented. Finally, lung cancer mortality resulting from CT scans has been reduced by low-dose CT scanning, according to the National Cancer Institute.[61]


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