NEMA responds to WSJ article

The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) has issued a statement in response to an article in the January 12 edition of the Wall Street Journal. The story, entitled "Overuse of Medical Scans Is Under Fire," examined efforts under way by Medicare and private insurers to cut back on the use of medical imaging technology.

In response to the article, the Rosslyn, VA-based society said that medical imaging offers dramatic savings by making patients healthier and by enabling the healthcare system to work better. In addition, imaging tests and therapies eliminate surgeries, allow patients to avoid hospitalization, reduce complications that keep people off the job, and detect diseases early, NEMA said.

"Those savings deserve to be counted when considering the value of medical imaging -- and they are critically important for policy-makers to keep in mind," the statement said.

By staff writers
January 13, 2005

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