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Simple ways to cut?waste in health care

In the Sept. 7 issue of The News, there was an article indicating that $750 billion is wasted annually on health care. Here are two simple ideas that may aid in lowering costs, but are not likely to have a chance of flying in today's world.

First, many MRIs, bone scans, CT scans, PSA blood draws, etc., are indeed necessary, but if the results are negative, eliminate the follow-up scheduled visit. The patient could be called with the good news and the appointment canceled. No office visit, no expense. Additional bonuses: no automobile fuel wasted, and no absence from work.

Second, just stop prescribing routine mammograms, colonoscopies and PSA examinations for anyone over 75. They generally are unnecessary for anyone above this age.

The amount to be saved is incalculable, but would surely be in the millions daily. It's a start.



Jack Hailand



Tonawanda