The Real Reason for “Excessive” Medical Tests


Today’s Dallas Morning News has an editorial regarding medical testing that is relevant to the current health care debate. In my experience, “excessive” medical testing has more to do with medical professionals wanting to profit from the tests than with the defensive medicine so often mentioned by proponents of tort reform. That doesn’t mean the medical tests aren’t helpful in diagnosing the patient’s problem. I’m just saying that defensive medicine doesn’t seem to be the driving force behind these additional tests. And that’s one more reason why tort reform, besides being unfair to patients, is simply not the solution to the medical expense crisis. Here are excerpts from the editorial...

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