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Friday, March 12, 2010

Too Much Medical Testing — If You Can Afford It

American medical patients seem to be divided into two categories:

1. Those who don’t have access to medical care. Can’t afford the high insurance premiums, pre-existing condition, got dumped by the HMO after committing the heinous crime of getting sick — you know the drill.

2. Patients who are getting tested and poked and prodded and X-rayed and treated to death. And over-prescribed and over-medicated and referred to one specialist after another after another.

Sick people are either not getting any medical care whatsoever, or they’re being tested and treated within an inch of their lives.

There’s kind of an odd similarity with the employment situation. Either you’re out of work because you’ve been downsized, or you still have your job and you’re doing the work of five people. And you don’t dare complain about carrying the workload of your downsized co-workers; you’re just grateful to have a job.

Sort of an odd parallel here, no? A certain syndrome. Is there a name for it?


In Norway, there’s a doomsday seed vault with half a million seed samples. It’s the world’s most diverse repository of seeds. It contains one third of the world’s crop seeds.

It’s a great idea and all that, but — does Monsanto know about this?


And now it’s time for our Family Values Lesson of the Day. Utah’s house majority leader Kevin Garn will preach the Gospel:

“And Jesus said, go ahead and violate my teachings all you want, as long as you pay off the bitch and tell her to keep her fuckin’ mouth shut.”

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Blogger Demeur said...

Is it any wonder we have over testing when most doctors are tied to a 'for profit' hospital or HMO? The hospital buys a new MRI machine and suddenly everybody's getting an MRI. Plus most hospitals have good lawyers and few law suits.

A co-worker what taken to the hospital with the flu. What did they do? An angiogram.

March 12, 2010 at 12:45 PM  
Blogger Joaquin said...

There is a huge difference in not being able to afford health care and not getting medical treatment.
Walk into a hospital with a problem and you will get treated.

Do we over-test? YEAH, and we should! Why shouldn't we expect the best treatment? If we have the technology to diagnose, use it!

For a definition of over-testing......ask a medical malpractice attorney. ;-)

March 12, 2010 at 1:25 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Demeur: It's kind of like that Japanese proverb about "if your only tool is a hammer, every problem looks like a nail." If a doctor has just invested 2 years' salary on an MRI machine, then every patient needs an MRI.

Joaquin: Don't get too carried away commenting over here. I don't comment at rightwing blogs any more because the few times I did, I had to spend days and days going back to answer all the name-calling and slandering. Take Jenn of the Jungle (please!) as a perfect example. I noticed you have her blog linked at your site, so that's why I mentioned her.

If you yourself don't drag people through the mud for disagreeing with you, that's great. I also noticed at least one comment from "Lisa" at your site. More power to her; I'm glad she found a home. I finally stopped printing her comments a few months ago, after she spent a few months driveling all over every post, over and over.

March 12, 2010 at 1:57 PM  
Anonymous Jess said...

Ok Joaquin, riddle me this. I go into the doctor because I have a headache that just will not go away right? So doctor says hey Jess, we need to get you a pelvic exam and a pap smear to see what is wrong with your head. Now I ask you, in what world does getting the rubber glove and speculum(look it up) have to do with my headache. It is unnecessary testing that should not be done like that. Or like the one you get from your reg doc for bloodwork, neuro exam and then they send you to a specialist. Why does that specialist not communicate with the primary doc to save 1) all the ppr work, 2) the unnecessary testing because your primary doc may have already done extensive testing to rule things out? I know these are just small examples, but if I thought about it some more I could come up with better ones. I carry around a CD that my docs load up with my med info, if we could get something like that going it would be great. It was also save the environment so it's a bonus for this tree hugging liberal.

I have my own seeds and will use them, when the end of the world comes or something.

You ask for the name of the syndrome Tom. Remember when commander cuckoo bananas was all pleased with that woman, working three jobs? It is the American Way baby.

LOL on the Utah guy. Now let's say this together IOKIYAR

March 12, 2010 at 2:15 PM  
Blogger jadedj said...

"Walk into a hospital with a problem and you will get treated." If you don't have insurance, regardless of the reason, you'll get treated all right, treated to a medical bill that will put you back in the hospital due to un-necessary testing and inflated, for-profit fees.

Tell me it's not true Tom...you got rid of Lisa? None where will I go to see inanity in practice?

March 12, 2010 at 2:42 PM  
Anonymous Tegan said...

Tom, its funny I find your blog and read the comment about you finally blocking some people because of "driveling all over every post, over and over". Now I don't feel so bad about doing the same to a few of my readers.

March 12, 2010 at 2:53 PM  
Blogger Beekeepers Apprentice said...

SHHHHH! What Monsanto doesn't know won't hurt us.

March 12, 2010 at 4:18 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Jess: As long as we're a two-tier society when it comes to medical care, we might as well play it to the hilt. Go to the doctor for a sore throat, stubbed toe, hangnail, you name it, and you'll have to set aside at least five hours so you can undergo every test they know of. And then it's time for a series of appointments with the specialists. The fun is just beginning...

jadedj: They probably make lots of money just from the seizures and heart attacks people have when they get their medical bill.

Yes, Lisa wore out her welcome with too many inane comments. And her blog, "Lisa's Thoughts" is still just a blank screen.

Tegan: Yup, sometimes it comes to that, unfortunately. Trolls will be trolls.

Bee: I hope it wasn't a mistake for the media to post that story. ssshhhhh...

March 12, 2010 at 5:13 PM  
Blogger jadedj said...

"Lisa's Thoughts" is still just a blank screen." Har, har, har...funniest comment of the week!

March 12, 2010 at 5:17 PM  
Blogger Lew Scannon said...

Your doctor is always looking out for your best interest, not trying to make all that expensive equipment pay for itself by having everybody with insurance that covers it use it. And so what if they do? Capitalism is all about squeezing every dime from the poor suck- er I mean patients so that the rich can subsidize the rich by gambling on their future in the stock market.

March 12, 2010 at 6:44 PM  
Blogger jadedj said...

Tom, I thought I would tell you that I just banned Lisa from my blog. Lisa I think you know why.

March 12, 2010 at 6:44 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

jadedj: Ah, your first banning. A milestone. Sorry she followed you over to your site. Jeez, she needs a hobby, or a life, or something.

Lew: Yup, sick people are a lucrative business. The sicker we can get 'em and keep 'em, the more money to be squeezed out of them.

March 12, 2010 at 11:30 PM  
Blogger Randal Graves said...

I'd love to comment but I'm already late for my doctor's appointment. I think I ate some Monsanto.

March 13, 2010 at 7:45 AM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Randal: You ate some Monsanto? You'll either be dead in five minutes or you'll live forever.

March 13, 2010 at 2:47 PM  
Blogger kimc said...

If a doctor has just invested 2 years' salary on an MRI machine, then every patient needs an MRI.

Plus he has to have someone to practice on, after all, it is still new and he has no idea how to read the darn thing....

March 13, 2010 at 11:41 PM  
Blogger Joaquin said...

Tom, I'm not going to come here, to your site, and throw garbage around let alone obscenities. I will post my views, in an honest fashion, as I see fit on topics that are worthwhile and of interest to me.
If folks want to 'throw garbage' at me, that's fine, but I doubt I'll engage.

March 15, 2010 at 10:12 AM  

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