I agree. For years, the doctor days of Marcus Welby prevailed as he made house calls, stayed up until all hours returning phone calls and the like. Those days are not likely to come back, but in it's return are days when physicians and patient's can be partners in care. Unfortunately, I find that too many patients like the "Father Knows Best" medical model where the patient was told what to do AND NOT WHY, by the doctor. I'd rather know the WHY.View Thread
There are times when doctors order tests which seem excessive; however, the ordering of these test follow a protocol which is considered good medical practice. If a,b,c,d,e,f,g are eliminated as potential causes of your complaints; then the doc can state he's followed standard procedure that has been established.
However, they can go overboard thinking that if they don't to test 'h,' 'i,' and 'j,' that they'll not have met the burden of proof needed by insurance companies to justify a diagnosis. WHO pays for these excesses? WE do. We need to change this system, because doc too often order excessive tests to avoid lawsuits. Defensive medicine!View Thread