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  •  As a nurse that works (3+ / 0-)
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    in a doctor's office, part of the problem is the public's demand for technology. I work in the specialty of spine care and patients demand MRI's. The doctor I work for is originally from Germany and when he began his practice here he was much more conservative- for example, a new patient with low back pain would receive a prescription for physical therapy and anti-inflammatories. The majority of patients now demand MRI's. An MRI, read by a neuroradiologist, $1500. The majority of MRI's demanded by patients have insignificant findings.I often tell my doctor that the right to an MRI has been recently added to the Bill of Rights!

    •  I have low back pain, probably a herniated disc. (0+ / 0-)

      I was almost immobile from sciatic pain for a month.  I was given pain pills, and told to get BOTH a CTscan AND an MRI.  No further medical advice until I get them, apparently.  Not MY demand, but the Dr's.

      It's not just the patients.

      I'd rather have a bottle in front of me than a frontal lobotomy.

      by beemerr90s on Sun Mar 02, 2008 at 09:17:54 AM PST

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      •  Diagnostic services (0+ / 0-)

        in my opinion helps to equalize the gap between inexperienced and experienced doctors.

        Obviously you as a patient don't want the combination of inexperience and no diagnostic radiology, and the doctor doesn't want to be sued for mis-diagnosis.  

        When radiological diagnostics becomes nothing but a trivial expense of time and money, that really is the multi-million dollar question.

        My Edwards 2008 yard sign will stay up for a long time.

        by Andy86 on Sun Mar 02, 2008 at 10:29:16 AM PST

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