Emergency Physicians Monthly just published the results from a survey that it performed on health care reform. The results show something that most physicians already know.
ED physicians were asked how many tests they could have eliminated in an 8 hour shift without compromising the quality of care. Most said that they could eliminate at least 1 or 2 CT scans, and 27% said that they could eliminate more than 4 lab tests per shift. Two thirds of physicians responding to the survey estimated the potential cost savings at more than $500 per shift.
The survey also explores suggestions that emergency physicians have for improving health care, including creation of physician boards to determine the standard of care, tax rebates for charity care, copayments for all medical services, and implementing caps on non-economic damages in lawsuits.