Screening Blood Panels - Overused, Overtested
- Colon screening
- Abdominal ultrasound in men over age 60 with a history of smoking or hypertension
What if primary care doctors stopped doing all of the expensive and worthless screening tests and used that time to sit with a patient and really work out a focused and preventative lifestyle that would improve health. With the use of technology, patients and doctors could monitor changes together. It would take time and effort for both the patient and doctor and need to be valued and compensated . We could use the expensive testing $$$ to pay the doctor, nutritionist and others on the team and there would probably be money left over.
Now that would be health reform that was meaningful.