The High Cost of Radiologic Services

W. W. Addington, D. R. Gracey, J. R. Webster

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Abstract

To the Editor: Hospital expenditures are the biggest factor in the staggering increase in medical costs. However, some professional fees are a part of increased medical expenses. The current practice of radiology provides examples of this problem. One of our responsibilities as pulmonary consultants is the interpretation of the chest film. This interpretation is influenced by the clinical history, physical findings and other data, and is frequently the reason for the patient's referral to the pulmonary physician. In most circumstances the radiologist's interpretation adds nothing to the patient's care and is an expensive addition to the patient's bill. If there ….

Original languageEnglish (US)
Number of pages1
JournalNew England Journal of Medicine
Volume286
Issue number22
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 1 1972

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Costs and Cost Analysis
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Fees and Charges
Motion Pictures
Consultants
Health Expenditures
Radiology
Patient Care
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Referral and Consultation
Physicians
Radiologists

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Addington, W. W. ; Gracey, D. R. ; Webster, J. R. / The High Cost of Radiologic Services. In: New England Journal of Medicine. 1972 ; Vol. 286, No. 22.
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The High Cost of Radiologic Services. / Addington, W. W.; Gracey, D. R.; Webster, J. R.

In: New England Journal of Medicine, Vol. 286, No. 22, 01.06.1972.

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