In the United States every year more than 600,000 people go through an unnecessary treatment at a medical facility. Collectively as a whole this gives hospitals more than 300 million dollars a year more than average.
In fact, 10 to even 20% of all procedures are unnecessary. Major surgeries like heart stints and even pacemakers might not be the only alternative. Cardiologists make a lot of decisions based on lack of training and don’t know when a major procedure is necessary. Doctors don’t always do what’s in the patient’s best interest not what they think they can do. Other surgeries might include hysterectomies, knee replacements, and even C-sections.
According to a recent study, since 2005 thousands of doctors have made payments to patients to settle and even close malpractice suits against them that involved people’s allegations of unnecessary procedure. This is to protect themselves against perhaps losing their license to treat. It is also a way for them to make and keep money. It is absolutely sickening that medical professionals can get away with these procedures and not have any repercussions. Doctors should be someone you can trust, and no one should feel helpless like there is nothing they can do when there are always other options, especially in the medical field. Don’t let a doctor make an unnecessary decision for you!
On Your Next Visit
- Don’t be afraid to ask questions
- Bring a loved one or friend with you
- Tell your Doctor you are unsure about the procedure- say things like “is this the only option?”
- Seek a second opinion
If you feel there is something amiss, or not right, with your healthcare, you should call me immediately! 877.944.4373
I’ll answer any questions you may have, and I’ll be there for you.
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