(REUTERS) — Doctors order fewer laboratory tests during a patient's hospital stay if they know how much the tests cost, according to a new study.
Researchers found that doctors at one U.S. hospital ordered about 9 percent fewer lab tests - such as blood work - when their computerized records system displayed the price.
"(Before the study) we saw a lot of waste. We saw a lot of tests that didn't need to be ordered," said Dr. Leonard Feldman, the study's lead author from The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore.
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