U.S. doctors online nowAsk doctors free
Greeley, CO
A 53-year-old female asked:

Im being treated for a throat infection but my doctor never did a culture, said it was cheaper to just treat it, is this the usual way of doing it?

1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Kathleen Gilmore
Urgent Care 27 years experience
If classic: There are classic history and examination findings for Group A strep infection. I normally send a culture to document the presence of infection, which helps for counting number in consideration of future tonsillectomy, it is also helpful if you are the family physician, and a household member develops the same symptoms. And yes I have bypassed it for patient without insurance to keep their bill lo.

90,000 U.S. doctors in 147 specialties are here to answer your questions or offer you advice, prescriptions, and more. Get help now:

Ask doctors free
Educational text
Talk to a doctor
24/7 visits - just $39!
50% off with $15/month membership
Last updated May 8, 2014


Content on HealthTap (including answers) should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment, and interactions on HealthTap do not create a doctor-patient relationship. Never disregard or delay professional medical advice in person because of anything on HealthTap. Call your doctor or 911 if you think you may have a medical emergency.