Do you really need that MRI, or is your doctor just trying to make a buck?
December 1, 2011 Maybe you didn't need that MRI, but your doctor did. Scans are more likely to find no problems if doctors make money from the MRI, a study concludes. Congress and the states have tried to crack down on doctors self-referring to scanners they own, but the practice continues to drive up health care costs.
August 24, 2011 The latest Medicare data show that doctors frequently order MRI scans for patients with back pain before trying recommended treatments such as physical therapy.
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