August 4, 2014

MAKE THEM PAY OUT OF POCKET AND THEY'LL ACT RESPONSIBLY:

Do you really need that medical test or treatment? ( LISA ZAMOSKY, 8/04/14, LA Times)

For some time there has been a nationwide effort to cut back on unnecessary medical tests, over-prescribed drugs and surgery that doesn't end up helping people feel better.

But old habits die hard.

Dr. Emma Trejo knows that only too well. As an internist practicing in the South Bay city of Lawndale, she says patients frequently come to her office with their minds set on what medical services they want.

And sometimes, the doctor says, it doesn't matter that her experience tells her there's a better way to treat what ails them.

"Oftentimes, the patient is already convinced.... They come with their list and that's all they want from you," she says. From these patients, she says she often hears: "I don't need you to tell me if I need the treatment or not."
Posted by at August 4, 2014 7:23 PM
  
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