The History and Future of Medical Technology
Are expensive medical tests over-prescribed?
Many people feel that physicians over-prescribe expensive tests to protect themselves against malpractice lawsuits. No doubt the third-party payer system and large malpractice awards influence physicians’ judgment. However, considering how important early detection of disease is to effective treatment, most people would benefit from periodic screening. Instead of reducing the number of medical tests performed, we should focus on reducing the costs of routine screening.