I Believe My Doctor is Ordering Unnecessary Tests. How Do I Dispute This?
Everybody has a different perspective on receiving medical care, and everybody has different preferences. There are those who prefer that their physician completely take over. They don’t want to be told much of anything, don’t want a lot of explanations, and simply want to rely on their physician’s expertise and training to guide their care. Then there are the people who want to be in complete control of the process. This type of patient will already have Googled their symptoms and arrived at a self-diagnosis before they even enter their doctor’s office for their appointment, and they will want to know why – or why not – a specific diagnostic test or tests has been ordered. No matter which type of patient you are, there comes a time when you will start to suspect that your doctor is ordering unnecessary tests. Knowing when to speak up and how to dispute this is important, and so is understanding why physicians may be doing this. At Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers, we represent many patients who have been injured as a result of hospital errors. There’s a chance that your physician is simply being thorough and cautious to make sure that they rule out all of the possibilities for your differential diagnosis – but they may also be running up your medical bill. Call us today and we will help you figure out what is happening.
Though an abundance of tests may seem like an indication of a particularly thorough physician, it is important to remember that many diagnostic procedures not only cost you money – they can also put your health at additional risk. Not only will waiting for test results delay your diagnosis and treatment, but some tests can lead to infections, surgical or anesthesia mistakes, transmission of diseases, and more. Imaging tests may unnecessarily expose you to risk of too much radiation and other tests can simply cause stress on the body. Even having to undergo too many blood draws can lead to your veins being weakened and scarred, and make it difficult for phlebotomists to draw blood when a situation is more emergent or necessary. Some of the tests simply cause pain, or take you away from valuable quality time with your family.
The dark side of unnecessary tests is that doctors and hospitals may order them to line their pockets and improve their bottom line. Physicians may even be getting kickbacks from diagnostic labs, a practice which is actually illegal. Sometimes a physician will order a diagnostic test because their own abilities are limited and they are unable to make an accurate diagnosis without relying upon confirmation from the laboratories. Whatever the reason, if you believe that you have been forced to submit to unnecessary tests and you have suffered an injury as a result, you may be entitled to compensation for the damages that you’ve suffered. For more information, contact Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers. We will review your medical records to assess whether your treatment was reasonable, and if not we will provide you with representation designed to get you the compensation you deserve.