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The Value Of Knowing

El Centro, California (NAPSI) - It’s a question many have considered: If you had the  ability to learn whether you had terminal cancer, a brain tumor or Alzheimer’s  disease, would you want to know?

Furthermore, would you really want to know  enough that you would pay for tests out of your own pocket? If your answers  are “Yes,” then you are not alone. Research from Siemens  Healthcare and Harris Interactive shows that the vast majority of Americans—92  percent—agree that “the value of knowing exactly what is wrong  with their health is as important as having access to a doctor in the first  place” and nearly four in five Americans (78 percent) would want to  have a test done to diagnose a disease, even if there is no treatment or cure  available.

Why? “In my experience with patients, they want to know the status  of their health so they can plan for themselves and their family’s life  in the best way possible,” said Gregory Sorensen, M.D., CEO of Siemens  Healthcare North America and board-certified neuroradiologist.  

In the ongoing debate over health care reform and cost control, the voice  of the consumer is often missing. Siemens’ research shows that, despite  the fact that Americans across the country are tightening their belts during  this sluggish economy, 66 percent would even be willing to pay out of their  own pockets for tests to diagnose a serious illness.

“There is simply a rational, financial and emotional value to  knowing what’s wrong when you feel sick,” continued Dr. Sorensen.   “The survey findings show clearly that Americans want to know exactly  where they stand when it comes to their health.”

While medical testing and imaging such as MRI and CT scans have come under  scrutiny as the nation examines health care expenditures, the study actually  shows that more than eight in 10 Americans (83 percent) agree that even if  medical technologies and tests are expensive, they save money by helping  doctors to get to the right diagnosis more quickly. Additionally, almost nine  out of 10 Americans (87 percent) believe that ruling out a condition or  illness can save money in the long run, by avoiding costly and unnecessary  treatments.

“Americans have great faith in the benefits of medical testing and  imaging as a means to a correct diagnosis,” said Dr. Sorensen. “As  a physician, I know that, effectively used, diagnostic tests can help more  efficiently manage health care expenditures while providing patients with  knowledge and peace of mind-as well as the best possible care.”

As the health care debate continues, it’s clear that Americans  simply want to be in the know about their health whether it’s for  reasons that are practical, emotional, fiscal or otherwise. It’s also  clear that medical diagnostic equipment, among the best and only tools  available to give doctors and patients the knowledge they seek, can save  money in the long run. That’s something, doctors say, you can bank your  health on.