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Beware Cascading Medical Tests

Posted by John Kuhnlein | Aug 06, 2020 | 0 Comments

An article in the Washington Post explored the practice of doctors going from one medical test to another to another at great expense when none of them may have been needed at all. The writer, a physician, tells of a woman named Lilly who had a slightly abnormal EKG result. She had no symptoms that would indicate

Doesn't Seem Fake

heart trouble. Despite this, her doctors went on a wild-goose chase that resulted in Lilly having to undergo a stress test. Of course, the stress test came back as normal.  To get to that point took blood tests, office visits, and emails between various doctors. That's a lot of wasted time.

One Hundred Billion Dollars Wasted?

It's also a lot of wasted money. How do over one hundred billion dollars a year sound? That is was some estimate we spend on medical tests of very limited value. Do you think your health insurance premiums might be a little lower if we cut one-tenth of a trillion dollars of waste out medical care each year? 

More Than Just Money At Issue

But, forget about the money for a second. We can always print more. Consider the stress this puts on the Lillys of the world (or the valley.) Think about how

What Did The Tests Reveal?

discomforting it must be to shuffle from doctor to doctor and take test after test when nothing is wrong. Ponder, too, the potentially disastrous consequences of overdoing medical testing.

Disaster Awaits?

The article recounts the story of a woman who had a small mass appear near her kidney on a CT-scan. The doctors did every test they could think of before removing that kidney. The mass was nothing more than a bit of fat. But, shortly afterward, the patients remaining kidney failed.

Go Slowly And Ask Questions

The lesson here is to go slowly and question the need for medical testing. What seems like a routine x-ray could end up killing you after the doctors get done.

As always, never make any medical decisions without talking to your physician. 

About the Author

John Kuhnlein

Since 1992, I have been helping the people of Southern Arizona get the benefits they are due. Before devoting all my efforts to assisting people with Social Security disability claims, I also handled such complex lawsuits as medical malpractice and products liability. I brought to my Social Security cases all the skills and attention to detail that I developed in the courtroom. I approach each Social Security disability case as if it were a million-dollar lawsuit. For the people trying to get Social Security benefits, their claim is every bit as important. Because I have personally handled so many Social Security cases, I have refined the skills I need to win your case for you. I have helped people win cases for every kind of ailment from arthritis to valley fever. At present, I am focused on helping those persons with neurological and orthopedic disorders. Because claims for people over age fifty bring additional complications, I particularly seek out those cases to work on. I regularly write about back and spine conditions on my blog. I actively seek out the latest information about orthopedic and neurological disorders to ensure I can represent my clients as effectively as possible. Because of my current focus, I regret that I am not able to take any cases for mental disorders. If you are over age fifty and suffer from any orthopedic or neurological disorder, please contact me at once.


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