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  •  so the reason CT scans get ordered (0+ / 0-)

    is docs and patients don't want to miss anything. It's that simple.

    That's where evidence based medicine and rule guidelines save money.

    "It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends upon his not understanding it!" — Upton Sinclair

    by Greg Dworkin on Wed Mar 19, 2014 at 12:55:06 PM PDT

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    •  Evidence based medicine can help that so long (0+ / 0-)

      as it is tied to somebody getting paid.

      LG: You know what? You got spunk. MR: Well, Yes... LG: I hate spunk!

      by dinotrac on Wed Mar 19, 2014 at 01:04:57 PM PDT

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      •  not really (0+ / 0-)

        as shocking as it sounds, docs really want to do the right thing and if there's data to show the way, that's what they will do.

        "It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends upon his not understanding it!" — Upton Sinclair

        by Greg Dworkin on Wed Mar 19, 2014 at 01:14:37 PM PDT

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        •  Yes really. Everybody wants to do the right thing (0+ / 0-)

          We really do.
          Even people who work for oil companies want to do the right thing.

          HL Menken had it right, though: Don't ask the opinion of somebody whose paycheck depends on the answer.

          I'm glad that we have human doctors.  Medicine is a calling that requires a certain humanity to practice well.

          But humans are humans even when they're doctors.

          LG: You know what? You got spunk. MR: Well, Yes... LG: I hate spunk!

          by dinotrac on Wed Mar 19, 2014 at 01:21:02 PM PDT

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          •  that's why there are Stark and kickback (1+ / 0-)
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            dinotrac

            laws. They make sense.

            "It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends upon his not understanding it!" — Upton Sinclair

            by Greg Dworkin on Wed Mar 19, 2014 at 02:50:17 PM PDT

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