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Just heard that many medical tests are not needed. Confused more than ever. Who is right?

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Dr. Christopher Dowd
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In brief: Complicated subject

The reason tests r ordered r varied.
Unfortunately not every test is absolutely needed.Often it's part of an appropriate medical eval. Other times, it's b/c a pt wants it even if the doc doesn't. Other times it's b/c a doc is worried about missing something rare & orders extra tests. These aren't all good reasons, but in our health care system, it's reality. 1 answer: good communication w/ ur doc.

In brief: Complicated subject

The reason tests r ordered r varied.
Unfortunately not every test is absolutely needed.Often it's part of an appropriate medical eval. Other times, it's b/c a pt wants it even if the doc doesn't. Other times it's b/c a doc is worried about missing something rare & orders extra tests. These aren't all good reasons, but in our health care system, it's reality. 1 answer: good communication w/ ur doc.
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