This Week in Healthcare – News from around the web

How Many Tests Do Doctors Need to Make a Diagnosis? – One doctors take on testing and medical history

MRI, CT scan use spikes, study finds. Should we be worried? – The number of MRIs quadrupled, CT scans tripled and PET scans went up 57 percent between 1996 and 2010. Usually doctors order them for the best of reasons, but sometimes it is defensive medicine based on the fear of lawsuits or, even worse, the need to amortize the huge cost of a piece of equipment the practice has purchased.

Would reversing health law end Medicare drug discounts? – Billions of dollars in drug savings for Medicare beneficiaries may come to an end if the Supreme Court overturns the 2010 federal health law.

Graying boomers get wired to cut healthcare costs – Baby boomers wired to their iPads and smart phones are giving U.S. health experts some new ideas about ways to cut the soaring costs of medical care in graying America.

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