The fourth part of this continuing series. Defensive medicine isn't all about ordering more tests. A reader writes about this recent telephone conversation:
I have a red eye for about 1 day and awoke with crusty discharge. My son has recently been diagnosed with conjunctivitis and is on antibacterial ointment.
Any trauma to the eye, visual changes or light sensitivity?
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The national waiting time to see a doctor is 24.4 minutes
"When we complain (to insurance companies) that they're not paying us enough to cover our overhead, they say: 'You're spending too much time with patients. You need to move them through faster.'"
$1 out of every $12 spent on health insurance premiums indirectly pays for health care provided the uninsured
"Providing health care for the uninsured increases the annual cost of insurance premiums for the average worker by $341 and for the average family by $922, according to a study by a group promoting universal health insurance."
The USA Today says yes to DTC advertising
"However annoying, the ads have benefits. They urge people to discuss health issues with their doctors, and some patients with a stigmatized condition, such as depression or impotence, open up and get needed care.
Patients may irritate doctors by demanding the latest drug touted on TV, but it's up to physicians to decide whether prescribing it is wise. If it's ...