It was no surprise to relate to the Herald's Feb. 1 front-page article, "Medical costs rise as retirees winter in south." I have encountered the same type of questionable tests and procedures.
Recently, I also went to a local ear, nose and throat specialist for a minor ear problem. Apparently, this doctor only practiced "a la carte" medicine. He only did one ear.
He immediately ordered me to have a hearing test but did not explain why. I cancelled the appointment with no reoccurring problem.
Other situations have occurred over the years with local doctors but space does not allow for elaboration.
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Unlike other developed countries, we have a "for profit" medical system. It is not too surprising doctors and hospitals make money from unnecessary tests. Profit is the main motive.
Just because doctors wear white coats and have a "practice" does not mean they don't have their hands in your bank pocket to milk your insurance and Medicare. You know who you are.