Many get too much medical testing

Many get too much medical testing

There are 13 comments on the LA Daily News story from Mar 12, 2010, titled Many get too much medical testing. In it, LA Daily News reports that:

Too much cancer screening, too many heart tests, too many cesarean sections. A spate of recent reports suggests that many Americans are being overtreated.

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DRW Los Angeles

Winchester, CA

#1 Mar 12, 2010
Never had that &emdash test. must be a doozey.
nip tuck

Temecula, CA

#2 Mar 12, 2010
And when we go to socialized medicine, that will all cease.

Simi Valley, CA

#3 Mar 12, 2010
Anyone else think this is just the beginning of the argument for health care rationing?

Stop spending so much money on preventative tests for the middle class so the government can use that money for the uninsured. So what if a few people die when a test could have caught their cancer early, the majority don't need the tests. The rich can fund their cancer screenings out of pocket, but let's force the middle class to wait their turn so health care costs can be controlled.
DRW Los Angeles

Winchester, CA

#4 Mar 12, 2010
That em&dash test must be a pretty controversial test if you don't even let it be referenced here.

Hacienda Heights, CA

#5 Mar 12, 2010
Early screening saves, lives I know after having a colonoscopy procedure done at age 47, where a colon polyps was found. Wake up America people, this new generation eating habits have changed. This means elderly disease are showing up at an early age. My 23 year son, have fatty non alcoholic liver. This was found during routine physical exam. If he don't lose the weight and change his diet, he could damage his liver. As parent I never heard of such when I was growing up.
Mark my word, the health system is going to pay either way, until we education ourselves and our children to change their eating habits.
If we don't, we going to have unhealthy generation. Just look around ,where are the small size kids of yesteryear?
Norman Moore

United States

#6 Mar 13, 2010
This is why insurance costs are so high. People on plans will overuse the testing. Doctors trying to avoid malpractice suits promoted by the weasels otherwise known as tort lawyers overdo testing and other expensive procedures. If Barack Obama and Nancy Pelosi get the government involved there will eventually be some form of rationing to stop all of that.

The bad thing is that a lot of people who need expensive procedures will either die or become incurable while filling out all the forms and waiting for a bureaucrat to rule on whether they get it or not. Real reform would be allowing the market to handle it with everyone being responsible for choosing and paying for their own health care. Instead of buying insurance people could set aside money into a medical savings account, money that they would control. People who want to buy into managed care plans would be free to do so, or they could just leave their money in their account and pay as they go.

The government, local not the federal, should be helping only the indigent who can't afford anything else. Remember when cities and counties had extensive systems of clinics for the poor? Nobody should be denied care but the Government is not capable of managing such a thing. Think the Post Office or how about New Orleans after Katrina. Is that the balance you want your life hanging in?
Elsie 353

Garden Grove, CA

#7 Mar 13, 2010
Let's see....hummmm....more people are getting more preventative care and catching problems-to-be before they become life-threatening...thus living longer, healthier lives. The independent recommendations denouncing theses tests appear to be coerced by the left to abet their drive for mandated (controlled) health care.


#8 Mar 13, 2010
This puzzles me, if a person doesn't get enough medical testing & something happens to them, does this mean that mean the doctor can be sued?? I am confused, readers please help me understand?


#9 Mar 13, 2010
CLARIFICATION: This puzzles me, if a person doesn't get enough medical testing & something happens to the patient, does this mean that mean the doctor can be sued?? I am confused, readers please help me understand?

Panorama City, CA

#10 Mar 13, 2010
Get all the tests you want, but be sure to pay for it yourself. There's no reason in hell everyone else should have to pay for anxious, hypochondriacal, worry-warts that demand the "best" care through testing.

Studio City, CA

#11 Mar 13, 2010
That is the furthest thing from the truth. The truth is the doctors act more like lawyers than doctors. Doctors are not interested in the average person, and if your rich famous or important you will get more medical attention of newest techno, otherwise doctors don't want you to know whats wrong with your body.

Doctors are malpracticing with too amy odd drugs and pills that are essentialy poison to the system.

Most doctors are charlatans. I am against the donner program and eutanasia. Everyone should have sputum test and swab gene test.

Northridge, CA

#12 Mar 13, 2010
Of course it's defensive medicine, if they don't run all those tests and someone has a problem they didn't discover there's a very good chance they will get sued... but not for long.

One important part of every Obamacare dream is that if we move to a single provider we'll also make it impossible to sue them even if they refuse to offer timely testing for potentially fatal conditions so that they can reduce the number of people they waste money on, and cut their losses.

Lets face it, according to Obama care belivers we waste too much money on old folks who are going to die anyway and well beyond their usefull tax contribution life anyway; so why not just let them die?

It's not like their working and paying a lot of taxes anyway, and many do have savings that Obama will get more of and get it sooner, if we just let them die, via the death tax.

This is a whole lot better then tort reform to stop doctors from having to run tons of un-necessary tests because it's better for Obams's budget. Who cares about the old folks, most of them didn't vote for him anyway.
Norman Moore

United States

#13 Mar 14, 2010
Joe wrote:
CLARIFICATION: This puzzles me, if a person doesn't get enough medical testing & something happens to the patient, does this mean that mean the doctor can be sued?? I am confused, readers please help me understand?
If a lawyer talks the patient into it then yes he can be sued. Should he be, maybe but also maybe not. Lets take an analogy that you might understand.

Suppose that you see water on your kitchen floor, you check under your sink and there is a leak in a water line. You call a plumber and he comes, checks and says that yes he can fix it for say $200, but that it appears that all of your pipes are bad, scaled and corroded. Being a frugal homeowner you tell him to just fix the leak, he does and you pay him the $200.

A week later a main water line bursts while you and your wife are at work and there is extensive water damage. Can you sue the plumber? Should you sue the plumber?

If on the other hand you take the prudent approach, call in another plumber who says that yes the first guy was correct and that your piping must be replaced. So you hire this guy, who has also quoted you a better price to do the whole re piping than the original one. Now a month goes by and then while you are away a joint comes loose and you have extensive water damage.

Now you have a case to sue the plumber. In the first case you might have had the same chance if the plumber just fixed your leak but didn't advise you of the other issues. But you would have to prove it in a court of law, and the case would be harder and not easily won.

The difference is that there is not a whole industry set up to sue plumbers and even if there were plumbers do not have the deep pockets that tort lawyers so dearly love. Generally you can only get up to the amount of performance bond that they must have to qualify for a license to be a plumber.

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