Reports suggest Americans may be gett...

Reports suggest Americans may be getting too much medical testing

There are 12 comments on the Long Beach Press-Telegram story from Mar 12, 2010, titled Reports suggest Americans may be getting too much medical testing. In it, Long Beach Press-Telegram reports that:

Too much cancer screening, too many heart tests, too many cesarean sections. A spate of recent reports suggest that too many Americans - maybe even President Barack Obama - are being overtreated.

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New World Order

Seal Beach, CA

#1 Mar 12, 2010
Welcome to the New World Order where cost reports will deem what is a medical necessity and what is not instead of your personal physician. This is only the beginning phase for government healthcare. Prepare to die if your medical needs do not meet the cost/benefit criteria of government.
Robert J G Jackson Sr

Huntington Beach, CA

#2 Mar 13, 2010
Enhancing the communication between Doctor and patient is a definite plus. However, this sudden spate of "studies" which claim that testing is not needed, or not needed unitl a greater age is reached, simply doesn't make sense, unless it's some invasive test with definite hazards, such as the arteriogram mentioned, where the dye used can easily damage kidney function. These recent claims make me wonder if the groups making these claims would be the same people advising the government on standards for national healthcare, were that to pass the Congress. Thus creating a new world where such routine testing was no longer available in the United States. The bottom liine is, are these claims made to produce better medicine and better outcomes for patients, or are they made to reduce the costs of healthcare?
Rationing

Long Beach, CA

#3 Mar 13, 2010
Ah, the argument for the rationing of our health care.

Maybe they should have a picture of someone in a white lab coat to go along with the article to make it look "official".
nope

Los Angeles, CA

#4 Mar 13, 2010
Last I checked, the "too much medical testing" was to combat "too many malpractice lawsuits."
The complaint presupposes a physicians competency, which is a mistake. Too many "doctors" have no business in the medical field, yet revoking their medical license is extremely difficult, even in what are obvious cases on medical incompetency.
Extra tests are the symptom, not the problem. More tests protects patients lives.
Dale

Topeka, KS

#5 Mar 13, 2010
It's probably no surprise to many that so many tests are being done because of the legal climate in medicine and because our life expectancy in America has increased because we have so many test available. What is interesting is how all of these medical topics are originated and generated from Thug Town Chicago: the new intellectual hub of the universe. Washington D.C. already controls and denies more health care than any insurance company in America and if they can rationalize and tailor an argument for greater denials, they will be able to cut the general life expectancy as well. These thugs are "good". If they can eliminate a large portion of the elderly population (of which I am one), they will eliminate the people with the knowledge and experience to recognize what walks like a duck and quacks like a duck! A Quack trying to practice medicine.
obamanation

Los Angeles, CA

#6 Mar 13, 2010
Dale wrote:
It's probably no surprise to many that so many tests are being done because of the legal climate in medicine and because our life expectancy in America has increased because we have so many test available. What is interesting is how all of these medical topics are originated and generated from Thug Town Chicago: the new intellectual hub of the universe. Washington D.C. already controls and denies more health care than any insurance company in America and if they can rationalize and tailor an argument for greater denials, they will be able to cut the general life expectancy as well. These thugs are "good". If they can eliminate a large portion of the elderly population (of which I am one), they will eliminate the people with the knowledge and experience to recognize what walks like a duck and quacks like a duck! A Quack trying to practice medicine.
Obamacare is pretty easy to distill: Imagine your community hospital being run as efficiently and as compassionately, as your local main branch post office.
Lakshmi Indulala

Long Beach, CA

#7 Mar 13, 2010
Americans should be tested for Intestinal parasites
Interesting

Long Beach, CA

#8 Mar 13, 2010
I find the timing of these recent articles dealing with breast cancer screenings, prostate cancer screening and such to be rather interesting.

Clearly, there's a cost factor at work behind these studies....and both the government and "big insurance" are concerned about costs going forward.

Well, regardless of whoever or whatever is controlling our nation's health care system in the coming years...one thing's for sure...you'll be seeing a whole lot more articles like this one!
Pervert

Frisco, TX

#9 Mar 13, 2010
An attractive young doctor just gave me a prostate exam, so I would have to disagree.
Pervert

Frisco, TX

#10 Mar 13, 2010
No thanks Dr. Hottie, I don't need to be tested for "ED".
breaking news

AOL

#11 Mar 13, 2010
A new study from the Compassion Care Fund of the Future has found that Americans are now living too long, and has recommended a non partisan committee be initiated and be part of any and all future negotiations on health care.
breaking news

AOL

#12 Mar 14, 2010
breaking news wrote:
A new study from the Compassion Care Fund of the Future has found that Americans are now living too long, and has recommended a non partisan committee be initiated and be part of any and all future negotiations on health care.
Sorry, typo mistake, scratch "are now living too long", and replace it with "could be living to 100 in large numbers with a science driven economy and an associated improving medical care system".

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