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Tag Archives: MRI

MRIs Are Often Overused in Diagnosing Sports Injuries

The US has the most expensive healthcare system in the world, literally lapping the costs of all other industrialized countries. About one quarter of our healthcare costs—$700 billion annually (5% of GDP)—comes from unnecessary care, tests and procedures that generate huge profits to providers while adding nothing nothing to our overall health or being deadly. […]

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How Will This Test Benefit Me?

How Will This Test Benefit Me?

It’s ok to ask your doctor how will this test or treatment benefit me. In fact, it behooves you to ask! Hundreds of billions of dollars are spent on unnecessary treatments that are expensive and can be life-threatening, largely because none of us will spend the time getting the information we need to ask our […]

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Unwarranted Medical Tests Are Wasting Money and Costing Lives!

The Los Angeles Times reported, according to research presented at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons in San Diego, “Imaging tests such as MRIs and X-rays frequently are performed so that doctors can protect themselves from lawsuits”. A review of “2,068 orthopedic patients” showed that “19% of the tests were ordered for ‘defensive’ […]

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Healthcare Reform-Why I Cannot Feel Sorry for the Insurance Companies

Now health insurance companies (and all those concerned about “socialized” medicine) are worried that they won’t be able to compete with the proposed public health insurance plan (similar to Medicare), (see, http://online.wsj.com/article/SB123958544583612437.html). Bring out the violins! Boo hoo. The crisis we have in healthcare can be blamed, almost entirely, on the insurance companies who turn in […]

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Second Opinion on MRI

Today, the NY Times reported that not all MRI’s are the same (“The Scan That Didn’t Scan”, Gina Kolata http://www.nytimes.com/2008/10/14/health/14scan.html?scp=1&sq=the%20scan%20that%20didn’t%20scan&st=cse). Ms. Kolata reports that she and a colleague, James Glanz, suffered sports related injuries and were referred for MRIs. Both were negative. However, their pain didn’t go away and they sought second opinions. The second MRIs for both showed significant […]

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