- Clinical lab tests are essential to curtailing chronic disease, which accounts for 75% of all health care costs in the U.S. For example, the hemoglobin A1c test can diagnose diabetes in early stages when people can take steps to prevent or delay full-blown diabetes. The test costs about $13.50 – as opposed to $27,000 for an amputation or the $28,000 for a heart attack that can result from complications of diabetes.
- Clinical lab testing and HIV drugs have dramatically reduced HIV deaths by enabling physicians to decide the best drug treatment and dosage for the individual.
- Genetic tests that target treatment to the genetic fingerprint of the individual are opening up new vistas in cancer care. For 40% of patients with metastatic colorectal cancer, standard cancer drugs will not work because patients have a genetic mutation called KRAS. A genetic test can identify this mutation, allowing physicians to avoid the drugs that will not help such patients and that have serious and painful side effects. Patients can get started on a more effective therapy sooner. The projected savings by avoiding the use of this drug in patients who wouldn't benefit from it range from $100 million to $600 million per year, according to two studies.
Capitol Hill Briefing On Value Of Clinical Laboratory Testing
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