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Doc Eifrig: Five medical exams you should almost never get
Friday, September 06, 2013
From Dr. David Eifrig in Retirement Millionaire:
Never forget… the medical industry is a business. Despite his insistence that he’s just there to help you… your doctor isn’t just working for you. Pharmaceutical companies are paying your doctor thousands of dollars – hundreds of thousands, in some cases – to push their drugs. Allergan, for example, paid one Florida doctor more than $160,000. This is a serious conflict of interest. And it’s contributing to an epidemic of overtreatment.
Worse… many doctors know they’re overtreating patients. A 2011 survey found 28% of doctors say they treat patients too aggressively. Only 6% think their patients don’t receive enough medical care. This doesn’t surprise me… I worked in the industry for years…
After I left Wall Street, I went to medical school and became a board-eligible eye surgeon. I’ve done research for peer-reviewed studies. (You can even find me in PubMed, the National Institutes of Health’s clearinghouse for medical research.) I saw this overtreatment firsthand.