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Halting the growth in diagnostic testing

Rohan J H Hammett and Roger D Harris
Med J Aust 2002; 177 (3): 124-125.
Published online: 5 August 2002

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.

  • Rohan J H Hammett1
  • Roger D Harris2

  • Royal North Shore Hospital, Sydney, NSW.

Correspondence: rhammett@med.usyd.edu.au

Competing interests:

Both authors are participating in the "Rational investigation ordering" Breakthrough Collaborative sponsored by the National Institute of Clinical Studies. R J H H is the Chairman of the Breakthrough Collaborative.

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