Do you really need these regularly recommended medical tests? Ask Dr. Efrig.

Do you really need these regularly recommended medical tests? Ask Dr. Efrig.

There are many medical tests that are regularly recommended that are often not necessary. How is a healthcare consumer to know? Dr. Efrig offers some advice on which tests to consider skipping.

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.

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