August 21, 2009, Newsletter Issue #193: Question Your Tests

Tip of the Week

You could spend thousands a year on cutting-edge medical tests, which usually aren't covered by insurance. Or you could hold on to that cash by sticking mostly with the baseline tests recommended by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (PSTF) www.ahrq.gov/clinic/uspstfix.htm, which makes recommendations for patients based on recent research. So if your doc insists you need a whole body CT scan that may not be covered my your insurance and can be very expensive, check the PSTF website as soon as you get home, and don't proceed until you get a second opinion.

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