Saturday, May 5, 2012

Medical Tests Dangerous & Overused

The American Board of Internal Medicine Foundation urged changes in the use of 45 common medical tests, declaring that they are costly, unnecessary, and are subjecting patients to possible harm.

"Only one thing should motivate what a doctor does — the best interest of the patient," says Dr. Erika Schwartz. "Unfortunately, there are two things that motivate doctors in the present culture: profit and defense — self-defense from malpractice."

For instance, a simple, non-invasive stool test is the preferred screening method by the American College of Gastroenterology, yet many doctors recommend a costly, uncomfortable colonoscopy instead. "People end up with colostomy bags because their colon was destroyed during a colonoscopy, but no one talks about that," says Dr. Schwartz. "But the price difference to a doctor can be $3 and $500." Read the entire article.

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