Do you think that doctors order to many tests?

@bjc66bjc (6745)
United States
March 9, 2013 11:09pm CST
Some patients think it just a waste of time and money,,then some people thinks that its better safe that sorry...where do you stand??I think at times both can probably apply.. What do you think???
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@jenny1015 (13391)
• Philippines
10 Mar 13
I have noticed that, too. Unless I know that what I am feeling can not be really be diagnosed without the help of the tests as told by my doctor, then I opt not to take any further. Once, I went to the ER complaining for a difficulty in breathing. I described i something like a grain of rice was stuck on mu throat thus resulting to the dryness of my throat. I had to drink water each time and swallowing my saliva was very consciously made. This nurse insisted of taking an ECG. I mean, what the heck wad it for? I was complaining of something stuck on my throat and he gets me a cardiologist! I did not commit to that. I then insisted on seeing an EENT so that he could check my throat. There was nothing stuck inside my throat but it was inflammed and the doctor told me that I might be having an allergy or was about to develop a cough. So what he prescribed was an antihistamine. He insisted on me in getting the particular brand but I told him I already have a similar medicine at home. He was shocked on how well I know about these things.... FRUSTRATED DOCTOR IN THE HOUSE!
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@bjc66bjc (6745)
• United States
10 Mar 13
Yes you are right..they sometimes think because we are requesting treatment that we are totally in the dark about our illness...good for you that you were able to refuse the test he wanted..that was crazy...
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@laydee (12815)
• Philippines
31 Mar 13
I was recently told that hospitals have SOPs in order to get more money from us. Like example, "all patients with complains in stomachs must have all the blood tests done" I don't remember the tests, but my uncle doctor said that most of those were unnecessary. So it's not the doctor's fault all the time. Further, if you're talking about the doctors who work there (residents) not consultants, then they're part of the system. They're told what to do and what brand to give. It also depends which country you're in. If you're getting free hospital care, all the worst.
@911Ricki (13602)
• Canada
10 Mar 13
In a way I do think they order too many. For example November I had a colonsocopy, January I had a colonoscopy the first one I can see but the second. He said just to double check.
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@bjc66bjc (6745)
• United States
10 Mar 13
Wow, now that I really can't see why that would happen...I mean if they seen something in November you should have been told that.,,but another one in January seems bogus..thats what I call scaming the insurance agencies...
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@911Ricki (13602)
• Canada
10 Mar 13
Also, when doctors say they have to see you. I have gone down, they flip through the file, and go we will run blood work. They then can submit it through OHIP and get paid.
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@doroffee (4230)
• Hungary
10 Mar 13
It's better be safe than sorry. I don't mind too many tests, because the devil could lie in the littlest details, and there could be something in the seemingly least relevant test that could make a better diagnosis.
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@bjc66bjc (6745)
• United States
10 Mar 13
thankd for your opinon,,so you are better safe than sorry person..without a doubt...
@lampar (7597)
• United States
10 Mar 13
I think some doctors order many tests to filter out false positive results. It is never easy to provide diagnostic on a patient base on a single test to treat sickness, or provide accurate assessment on a person's overall health condition. To be able to assess as accurately as possible, a doctor may have to do several tests in order to come out with the right prognosis for a sickness or correct medical conclusion base on individual expertise. An inexperience doctor may have to do many more tests on his patient to come to a right conclusion on a illness, let alone the overall health condition of his patient, it is better be safe than sorry later. After all, in the history of combating diseases and illness, a good health care has never come cheap except always in skyrocketing costs.
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@bjc66bjc (6745)
• United States
10 Mar 13
Thanks for your response..
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@Raine38 (9031)
• United States
10 Mar 13
It depends. If I trust the doctor, then I am willing to take all the tests necessary to cover all possible bases. But if the doctor is giving me reasons to doubt his specialty, then I would take a second opinion first before I subject myself to numerous and costly tests.
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@bjc66bjc (6745)
• United States
10 Mar 13
Raine thanks for responding...I think we should trust our own instints...
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@MrGhost (550)
10 Mar 13
Doctors now-a-days often advise some unnecessary tests which have no relation with the diagnosis of the disease. It may be due to earn some commission from the diagnostic centre and also to some extent due to lack of clinical acumen.
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@bjc66bjc (6745)
• United States
10 Mar 13
Good Morning MrGhost, I totally agree with you especially with the statement that its sometimes due to the lack of clincal acumen.
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@youless (87630)
• Guangzhou, China
11 Mar 13
Here the health care fee has been rising crazily as time goes by. And sometimes the doctors' part of earnings come from the prescription, tests and so on. This is why for some bad doctors, they will give you unnecessary tests. This is why I don't like it at all because they are not necessary, and it costs you a lot of money.
@bjc66bjc (6745)
• United States
11 Mar 13
Hi youless, you response was exactly proof of what happens sometimes in the medical field....
@Hatley (163970)
• Garden Grove, California
10 Mar 13
hi bjc I come from a medical field so I do think doctors are helping us with these tests. By the tests I have had I found out I had diabetes, and needed thyroid medication, that I had arthritis and now that I have diverticulitis which can flare up; and cause cramping and make you ill or go for years not causing any problem provided I do not eat nuts, seeds, and popcorn,nO I think people who have no medical degrees still blat on about how they do too many tests should stop and think that they are not doctors and have no medical expertise at all.?So how the hell do they know that the tests are not necessary?I get really tired of people who do mot even have college educations still blatting on about too many tests when they have no idea what the tests were for.For one thing when I go to my doctor and he ordered tests he t old me what they were all for and when they came back he went over them with me.
@bjc66bjc (6745)
• United States
10 Mar 13
Hi Hatley, I can totally appreciate your response and its geat the your test have always been for the proper thing..But I still do not think that all/some test are are properly..I have a little nephew who has been going to different doctors for over a year. He complains of his tummy hurting everyday..he has swollen lymph nodes on his neck and he seem to have an issue eating...Well he has taken test after test and after what will be an an entire year and they are just going to check his nodes..My sister and her daughter, mother and grandmother of my nephew have went to all doctors visits and has able discuss the decisions with what the doctors suggest and they are both in the medical field and that helps a lot ..So I don't think yoh have to alway be the doctor to have some familiarity with whats going on...
@roshigo58 (4871)
• Pune, India
30 Mar 13
Hi, I don't think that it is a waste of time to do many tests. If we are suffering from simple disease there is no need to do various tests. but for some complicated diseases the tests are must. And doctor come to know the exact problem and he will give us proper treatment.
@chiyosan (29388)
• Philippines
14 Mar 13
i think they do order too many tests, especially in private hospitals. these hospitals earn from the laobratory tests and they have a corresponding fees too for each that are given to the doctors as commissions. I think when you of course tell your doctor what you are feeling, often their lack of experience would tell you that its this and that, most even would not diagnose the sickness properly.
@kprofgames (3023)
• United States
12 Mar 13
This is one of the reasons that I take my time to find the right family doctor. Because there are doctors out there that are insurance hounds that ride the rates and benefits of a person's coverage. Would have that test been ordered if it weren't covered?? Sometimes I wonder. It takes a process to find a good family doctor that you can trust, will listen to you and have your best interests when it comes to testing you for everything under the sun. I think it's sad that a person is supposed to have a moralist job which is supposed to care over the general population and they take advantage of it all for the sake of a dollar.
@Angelpink (4023)
• Philippines
12 Mar 13
Hi there ! The doctors knows best ! They won't order you for anything for the sake of ordering but there is a significance always in those doctors order. Those doctor's order are the basis where the doctor would draw their diagnosis and it will be the basis of what medicine they will be giving to the patients. It would be so hard for the doctor to cure patients if no laboratory results else they will just guess and this defeats their purpose being a doctor and this is also against medical ethics. Therefore if doctor gave us an order for series of laboratories procedure , we should not murmur but think this is for our good and not for doctor's good.
• Indonesia
12 Mar 13
I do think sometimes that I spent lot of money, especially when I wear braces for my teeth. Lot of money for the brace, but I know it will be pay off when I finish with my brace. Sometimes we think its waste of money when we realize that we have spent lot of money and only have little money left, but if we think about it clearly it is not wasting money at all, its like we investing money for our health.
• Philippines
12 Mar 13
Really depends on the situation.If you really trust your doctor's recommendations for those unlimited tests you have to undergo, then take. Otherwise, if you feel you're doctor is taking advantage of your condition and your financial capability, then seek a second opinion first. It is true that it is better safe than sorry but it is also true that some doctors are just plain greedy and opportunists. Good Luck!