One percent of unnecessary medical tests cut, US$10 million saved

Professor Vu Quang Huy from the University Medical Center in Ho Chi Minh City said that if just one percent of unnecessary medical tests is cut every year, VND237.5 billion ($10 million) could be saved.

One percent of unnecessary medical tests cut, US$10 million saved

Professor Huy made the statement at a scientific conference themed “Quality management and road map for c organized by the Ministry of Health in HCMC.
Around 4.75 million medical tests are carried out in hospitals yearly and the number of tests increases by 10 percent per year.
Approximately 250 million biochemical, 200 million blood and 25 million microbiological tests are conducted at hospitals a year, an annual increase of 10 percent.
Different hospitals don’t accept medical test results carried out by other resulting in a waste of time and money because patients are often required to redo all their tests when they switch hospitals.
However, doctors have had no choice but ask patients to undergo medical examinations such as blood tests, liver tests because these are usually changed.

By MINH VUONG – Translated by DAN THUY

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