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Medicare Pays Billions for Wasteful Care
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Two measures developed by Boston-area medical researchers to quantify the extent of needless care have been used to estimate that 25% to 42% of patients over age 65 received at least one low-value, potentially unnecessary healthcare service during the study period, and many received several.

The study examined just 26 types of procedures, such as stress testing for stable coronary disease, or CT imaging for patients with headache.

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