Angelina Jolie’s breast cancer op-ed cost the health system $14 million in unnecessary tests – Vox

At about $3,000 per test, the researchers estimate this Jolie-inspired surge led to $14 million in health care spending in those two weeks alone.And the “Jolie effect” seemed to persist long after the op-ed appeared. Average monthly test rates increased from 16 tests per 100,000 women between January and April 2013 to 21 tests per 100,000 women after the op-ed during May through December that year.In sum, this looks like a case of celebrity-induced overtesting

Source: Angelina Jolie’s breast cancer op-ed cost the health system $14 million in unnecessary tests – Vox

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