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Direct to consumer medical tests are offered in United States

BMJ 2006; 333 doi: (Published 29 June 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;333:12
  1. Janice Hopkins Tanne
  1. New York

    “Internet companies and some hospitals in the United States are offering medical tests directly to consumers without the need for a doctor's recommendation, reports the Wall Street Journal (20 Jun, p D4).

    Although welcomed by consumers' groups, the move has sparked concerns among doctors about patients' ability to interpret results and about legal implications.

    Gene Herbek, head of the pathology centre at Methodist Hospital in Omaha, Nebraska, told the BMJ that his hospital would begin offering tests within a few weeks at two walk-in clinics. Its tests include those for blood glucose …

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