Medical testing: more doesn't always mean better
A recent round of medical reports suggest that too many Americans are being over treated and that more tests and treatment does not always produce better health outcomes. (Chicago AP, L. Tanner, 3/12). Several reasons including patient demand of excessive testing, and doctors practicing defensive medicine to avoid lawsuits are cited.
New evidence and guidelines are recommend and encourage physicians to have more thorough conversations with their patients about risks and benefits of tests and procedures.
As a medical malpractice attorney, I fully support new guidelines encouraging more doctor patient conversations.