One of the tenets of the new health care reform is to cut out all of the unnecessary tests. With that there should be some kind of tort reform. I’m still in favor of being able to sue a doctor if he is guilty of malpractice.
My mother died because a doctor was negligent in his duties. I couldn’t sue because it costs about $70,000 for a doctor to testify for you. Maybe we should make it easier for people who have a legitimate case and harder for people who file frivolous ones.
Recently I went to my foot doctor for a scrape on my tore. She didn’t like the way that it looked so she prescribed antibiotics. She also ordered an expensive bone scan test and an ultra sound of my leg. I’m not sure these were even necessary.
The wound has been healing nicely and I think I could have gone without those expensive tests. No wonder health care premiums are through the roof.
One of the worst things that you can hear is that you have cancer. My grandfather was diagnosed with testicular cancer. It was a very slow growing cancer and he was very old. They decided to remove his testicles. The cancer probably wouldn’t have grown fast enough to have any effect on him, but they did the surgery anyway. He was devastated.
According to Medical News Today, “Many cancers detected by screening tests are not destined to cause symptoms or death and therefore represent a phenomenon known as over diagnosis. And because over diagnosis leads to unnecessary treatment and other harms, it is important to develop clinical and research strategies to quantify, recognize, and manage it, according to a review published online in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.”
They studied five cancers: thyroid, kidney, melanoma, prostrate, and breast cancer. These cancers did not result in early death if they remained untreated. While early diagnosis helps a lot of people, for some it can be harmful. All cancer treatments entail some risks so why endanger people if the cancer isn’t going to grow anyway.
As cancer screening tests become more advanced they are able to detect cancers that may never cause the person who has them any problems. Maybe they could raise the thresho9ld where the tests say that the results are abnormal.
It’s awful news to hear that you have cancer, but maybe it isn’t so awful after all. Research has shown that if we live long enough we all will develop it.