Lerxst2k: Does this article have anything to do with the impending doctor shortage?
MrHappyRotter: Meh, fortunately or unfortunately, I'm the type that avoids going to the doctor unless it's something pretty severe. I've always been that way, good or bad. I don't see any way I could afford anything more. Are people really paying for all these visits or is there insurance out there that's so good as to make doctor's visits affordable enough to make them a regular occurrence?
doglover: Snarcoleptic_Hoosier: Wash your hands, cook your food, wear a condom, and get vaccines.I ain't cookin my food.
Gyrfalcon: NuttierThanEver: Unfortunately too many people who "feel fine" don't understand that if they have diabetes or hypertension they are "sick" with chronic illness and this article will give them even more false impression that the doctor can give them some medicine and they never have to come in again like setting and forgetting a Ronco rotisserie ovenPlus, the purpose of those "pointless" annual blood tests, urinalysis, etc., is to provide a baseline against which to compare subsequent tests. A better way to warn people against them is to say if the annual test comes back "abnormal" to say "let's not go to the biopsy just yet. Let's do another test in six months and see how that one comes out." There could be a myriad of reasons why your blood work is "abnormal" on any given day. But you do need to have a series of numbers so that the doctor can look at it and say "see, these numbers have been MOSTLY the same for the last 15 years and now suddenly they're not; something could be wrong;" as opposed to two or three random numbers that are all different.
Spiralmonkey: Apart from anything else a healthy person in a doctor's waiting room will pick up every variety of sniffles, coughs, inexplicable rashes and galloping knob rot that could possibly exist on Satan's Petri dish.
EmmaLou: One of them went to 3-4 different doctors, and was finally happy when one of them gave her a pill to take to ease whatever disease it is she thinks she has at the moment.
MylesHeartVodak: Bad doctors are far more dangerous to more people than any "bad cop thread," Let us rate doctors on Yelp or TripAdvisor and we would see real advances, "Modern Medicine" is a load of horse puckey. Even rate them among auto-parts stores for comparable service, and they would lose. Badly. Doctors suck. Really. "Oh, I graduated at the 37th percentile in my class!" Personally, I would call that a fail.
orclover: cameroncrazy1984: cchris_39: Slate is predictably doing its part to lay the groundwork for restricting care.Care already IS restricted, you derpaholic.For the most part its not restricted. You might end up paying it off for the rest of your life. Or fall into financial ruin. Or just say farkit and kiss that useless credit goodbye. But yea you can get care. Then you are farked, financialy.People just need to buy more money though, all this debate is just stupid. Hell ask their parents for a raise if they have to.
juvandy: The article isn't about how bad it is for you to visit a doctor on semi-regular visits for checkups...The article is about how much it is costing the overall health-care system in raw dollahs. The author's cost/benny analysis, the over-doctoring is not worth the "relatively minimal" (quotes are mine) lives saved by these visits, vs. the dollahs spent.Well, it does also touch on the effects of false-positive test results on patients' health (via post-test exploration) and mental anxiety. False positives are a real problem given that doctors don't know the underlying statistics well enough to comprehend what they mean, let alone to explain it to their patients. The article itself even gets it wrong when it implies that a false positive rate will necessarily increase your risk of getting a false positive the more times you see a doctor. Technically, the probability doesn't change. What it does mean is that a test with a 10% false positive rate doesn't indicate that a positive = a 90% chance of a true positive.
Mistymtnhop: OMG, I'm going on week two fighting a nasty cough/cold. I sound horrible and all people say is "Go to the doctor! " Why! So he can tell me its a cold and there's nothing he can do? Stop telling me to go to Urgent Care! It's farking annoying!
RentalMetard: Mistymtnhop: OMG, I'm going on week two fighting a nasty cough/cold. I sound horrible and all people say is "Go to the doctor! " Why! So he can tell me its a cold and there's nothing he can do? Stop telling me to go to Urgent Care! It's farking annoying!If you've had symptoms for more than 10 days, you'll get antibiotics (might get an inhaler out of the deal too depending on what exactly's going on; those are always handy to have around for pick-up football games). You should probably go to the doctor and pick up a Z-pak./almost a doctor
NuttierThanEver: Unfortunately too many people who "feel fine" don't understand that if they have diabetes or hypertension they are "sick" with chronic illness and this article will give them even more false impression that the doctor can give them some medicine and they never have to come in again like setting and forgetting a Ronco rotisserie oven
Silverstaff: Add to that exercise regularly, eat a balanced diet, don't smoke, don't drink to excess, and watch your stress levels.Do all that, and you'll probably live a long healthy life.(I say probably because freak accidents could happen to anybody, but take good care of yourself and you're far more likely to enjoy your time on this planet)
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