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The Limited Benefits of Improved Imaging Technology

“Our imaging and diagnostic tests are so good, we can see things we couldn’t see before.  But our ability to understand what we’re seeing and to know if we should intervene hasn’t kept up.” Michael Lauer, National Heart Lung, and Blood Institute via Newsweek.

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MRIs, Back Surgery and Primary Care

Do MRIs increase the liklihood a patient receives back surgery? “Orthopedists and primary care physicians who begin billing for the performance of MRI procedures, rather than referring patients outside of their practice for MRI, appear to change their practice patterns such that they use more MRI for their patients with low back pain. These increases […]

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Medical Insurance, Technological Change, and Welfare

Can technological change make people worse off? Most economists think technical improvements are always good. Producing more of the output with fewer input is considered a more efficient use of resources. But is this the case in the medical field? John Goddeeris shows that this may not always be the case in his 1984 paper. […]

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Pittsburgh has more MRI Machines than Canada

There is an interesting article at Forbes describing that the housing boom is not the only bubble that may need to burst. Scans per thousand insured people went from 85 to 234 in the U.S. between 1999 and 2007. Author David Whelan describes what happened to one radiologist in Connecticut after Medicare and HMOs cut […]

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