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Greater use of private office care in radiological services could mean lower costs and more personalized attention for patients, the new president of the American Roentgen Ray Society said in his inaugural address Oct. 2 in Washington.
Dr. Earl E. Barth, professor of radiology at Northwestern University in Chicago, succeeds Dr. Traian Leucutia of Detroit as ARRS president.
"Most radiology, except for special procedures, can be done as well in a private office as in a hospital department," he said. "If a patient needs hospitalization for medical reasons, then certainly radiology should be provided in the hospital. If the patient has no medical indications for bed care, it seems unreasonable to waste bed space and money putting him in the hospital for radiological reasons.
Barth's remarks were directed at a trend for health care insurance to pay for x-ray procedures for hospitalized patients but not for the same procedures done
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