taurusowner: And the move from "We don't think you need this" to "We've decided you don't need this and won't pay for it....and good luck finding a private doctor to do it for you" has begun.
capitafun: In May, the task force issued controversial guidelines recommending against screening for prostate cancer with a prostate-specific antigen (PSA) blood test, saying a positive test was more likely to cause harm than good because of side effects from surgery or radiation. -- I'm confused.
HotWingConspiracy: EKGs are a standard thing now?I've only gotten one once and that was because it felt like someone punched my heart.
Gough: On my last trip to the ER, after I'd been loaded with opioids by the doc, "We want to send you up for some CT scans, is that OK?" Me: "Whaaatevver." Ten minutes, two scans, and $3400 later: "Well, I guess we didn't really need to do that."/When the bill came, I made a stink about standards for informed consent and they knocked off a couple grand.
Kit Fister: Had three EKGs in my life. I'd like to know where subby got one for $150, though, as that's a far better price than I got. :(
cchris_39: Isn't screening and preventive care suppose to save the system money?
liam76: Point is the rational for not using them here is stupid. A bad doctor looking to waste your/inusrance companies money is going always find a reason for more tests.
powtard: As having been diagnosed with a dangerous heart condition after getting a routine EKG while at the doctor for some muscle pain, I'm getting a kick... Seriously, if it wasn't for my docs standard "might as well do an EKG" attitude, I'd never have known that my heartbeat had been abnormal all my life and that I'd probably have a heart attack by the time I'm 5. Instead, I got it fixed and feel incredible -- I had no idea before just how limiting a factor it had really been. If anything, we should be encouraging more screening, not less.
machoprogrammer: For-profit healthcare is disgusting.
PatoDeAgua: Gough: On my last trip to the ER, after I'd been loaded with opioids by the doc, "We want to send you up for some CT scans, is that OK?" Me: "Whaaatevver." Ten minutes, two scans, and $3400 later: "Well, I guess we didn't really need to do that."/When the bill came, I made a stink about standards for informed consent and they knocked off a couple grand.Except that you gave your informed consent to diagnose and treat you when you explicitly signed the forms at the very start of your visit.And, no one knew the results of the CT-scans would be negative until they were actually negative. Had they found something that was causing your pain (which is my guess why you went in to the ED in the first place), then you would have been signing their praises for deciding to get the test . . .
Gough: I asked the doc about the costs and he estimated $3-4K. He was off by a bit: the bill was for $17K.
Jaap_null: The idea of personally paying for anything medical sounds so weird to me./So glad I don't live in the US.//My meds cost 1000/month.///Probably need them for another 60 years////Now you understand my first slashie
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