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Having a routine electrocardiogram (EKG) or an exercise stress test may not be right for people who do not have any signs or symptoms of heart disease. Sometimes test results are not accurate and may lead to more expensive follow-up tests. These follow-up tests can pose health risks and unnecessary exposure to radiation.
An EKG or an exercise stress test can help to save your life if you have signs or symptoms such as chest pain, shortness of breath, or a heartbeat that is not normal. It can also help your doctor determine your chance of having a heart attack and treatment options for people with a history of heart disease. People with diabetes or other risk factors may benefit from testing if they are just starting to exercise.
Source: Choosing Wisely
For full report see: Consumer Reports
The Fair Price is the price that you should reasonably expect a medical service to cost if you shop for care. Even in-network providers can have big cost differences for the exact same service. The most expensive providers can cost more than five times as much as providers that charge a Fair Price.
The Fair Price is calculated from actual amounts health plans have paid on claims. Some services show “bundled” pricing, which means there are multiple parts to the Fair Price. These usually include facility, physician and anesthesiologist fees, and can be viewed individually in the Fair Price Details. It’s always a good idea to request a price estimate from the provider and compare it to the Fair Price before your procedure.
The information on this website is not a price guarantee. There is no guarantee that any specific provider will charge a specific rate or that specific services will be covered under your benefit plan.
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