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Is too much medical testing being conducted?

There are arguments going on as to whether medical testing is being overused and whether this is the equivalent of medical negligence. In Pennsylvania, CT scan are recommended for patients showing no neurological symptoms, electrocardiograms are recommended for patients with no history of heart disease, and MRIs are provided to patients that complain of headaches.

How many medical tests are too many? It is suggested that doctors are ordering such tests because these will bring in money for the medical providers. More importantly, such excessive testing is being excused as a means for hospitals to avoid medical malpractice claims.

The argument has somehow changed shifting the blame for the reasons why medical malpractice claims are filed. Instead of medical providers being blamed for faulty medical practice, many individuals now point the finger at attorneys. Without attorneys the argument goes, doctors would not be conducting so many medical tests.

Frankly, doctors should not be practicing medicine if avoiding liability is the only reason why they conduct medical tests. Doctors should always put their patients first. Sometimes this means conducting certain tests and sometimes it means refraining from conducting such tests.

Medical malpractice is not always about a doctor taking the right or wrong action. Medical malpractice occurs when doctors act on other concerns than the best interest of the patient when making medical decisions.

Attorneys and their clients will hold doctors accountable if the doctor allows outside pressure to prevent them from using their sound medical judgment. Without such accountability, patients may be exposed to unnecessary physical risks when exposed to excessive medical testing without other options being explored.

Source:, "Medical group fights against unnecessary tests," by Tom Avril, April 4, 2012

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