It is time to focus on reducing inappropriate test ordering
The complexity of modern medicine has promoted an excessive reliance on the results of empirical tests rather than clinical acumen. In Australia, this is reflected in the fact that the rise in the costs of diagnostic testing in pathology and radiology is second only to the rise in cost of pharmaceutical prescriptions, the fastest-growing sector in our healthcare budget.
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