Posts Tagged "Diagnostic Test"

Thanks for shopping: Cost-consciousness and clinical decision-making

Posted by on Jun 5, 2011 in Blog | 5 comments

Thanks for shopping: Cost-consciousness and clinical decision-making

Ian Metzler is a medical student at Harvard Medical School, currently studying health systems improvement at Children’s Hospital Boston. With computerized health systems, physicians can place orders as easily as they can shop online at Amazon.com. Just a few clicks and your physician can purchase a panel of blood tests, futuristic imaging and diagnostic procedures that will hopefully guide their path to solving your ailments. Search. Click. Submit. Repeat. Except, unlike online shopping, physicians don’t see the price tags and they never get the bill. Doctors are the true consumers of...

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Unlucky Student

Posted by on Apr 12, 2011 in Blog, Stories | 2 comments

Unlucky Student

The following anecdote is from Kimberly Seelye, a patient and a graduate student at the University of Michigan   Last
 July,
 I
 found
 myself
 needing
 to
 visit
 a
 doctor
 for
 an
 urgent
 medical
 issue.
 My
 period
 had
 started
 in
 April
 and
 never
 stopped.
 It
 was
 light,
 so
 it
 wasn’t
 too
 much
 of
 an
 annoyance, 
but 
after 
three 
months 
I 
figured
 I
 needed 
professional 
help. I
 had
 started
 graduate
 school
 in
 Michigan
 the
 year
 before
 and
 was
...

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