Not All Medical Tests Are Helpful

While going through a recent physical exam with my family physician, I asked him to review a newspaper ad sponsored by a major teaching hospital offering a number of different health screenings, many utilizing ultrasound technology. A discount was being offered – the greater number of tests you purchased, the greater your overall savings vs. per-test pricing. I asked questions about the tests and whether any of them would be useful to me and was quite surprised (and pleased) when my doctor said that based on my relatively good health, he saw no need for the tests. Continue reading