Providing Clinicians with Information on Laboratory Test Costs Leads to Reduction in Hospital Expenditure (Original Articles) (Report)

Providing Clinicians with Information on Laboratory Test Costs Leads to Reduction in Hospital Expenditure (Original Articles) (Report)

Laboratory tests are often requested without a clear indication of potential benefit or cost implications. (1-4) Previous studies have shown that various interventions can reduce the number of tests ordered and thereby reduce the costs associated with hospitalisation. (5) The Department of Internal Medicine at the University of Pretoria conducted a survey in 2007 to assess the level of ignorance regarding the cost of diagnostic laboratory tests among registrars in the department. This survey was done because the laboratory budget was grossly overspent for the year 2006. The survey, purely part of an internal audit and not intended for publication of any kind, demonstrated an 84% failure rate and confirmed the assumption that physicians’ estimates of laboratory costs, as has been the case in many other studies, were off by 45-75%. (6) In a recent Medline and Cochrane review, it was emphasised that doctors have a limited knowledge and understanding of diagnostic costs. More focus in educating them in this regard is required, and these costs should be made accessible to them. (7)

Providing Clinicians with Information on Laboratory Test Costs Leads to Reduction in Hospital Expenditure (Original Articles) (Report)



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