Why doctors order tests that are not required?
The medical industry is growing at a rapid rate as a majority of the population are plagued with a mounting number of medical concerns. Infertility has become a big concern among many couples with almost 17% of the couples discovering that they are infertile.
There are numerous infertility treatment centres. Some IVF clinics are reputed and have a professional panel of qualified doctors coupled with good infrastructure, facilities and latest techniques. These IVF clinics are reputed and known for their professional and high quality of service.
You will also find many small IVF clinics that may not have the latest techniques and infrastructure but still get clients because they offer a very cheap rate for IVF treatment. However lack of facilities can affect the type of service a patient receives. Many desperate couples usually trust the first doctor they visit, who gives them hope.
What couples need to be cautious about is the type of facilities and the IVF success rate of the clinic. Many of the doctors suggest treatments based on the cost. They recommend the most expensive treatment irrespective of whether it is required or not. This is a business practice to generate higher revenue.
Many doctors also recommend unnecessary tests that have no relevance to the patients’ medical condition. Quite often these tests are only performed at very specific centres. The fact that this test is not commonly performed should raise alarm bells as to why it is not being conducted more commonly. However, the underlying fact is that this test could be among those that are not approved by the medical board.
Couples who are desperately trying to have a baby and have experienced IVF failure are quite vulnerable. They are willing to do whatever the doctor advises for a successful pregnancy. Smaller clinic take advantage of these couples and make them undergo many tests that are not required.
There are two reasons for prescribing unrequired tests. Firstly many of these tests are very expensive and hence it generates an additional income for the doctor. Secondly, the doctors attempt to prove they superior by ordering tests that other fertility doctors do not. They tell patients that these tests helps to determine intricate fertility problems that general IVF doctors are not concerned about, but could affect the IVF procedure.
Patients believe these lies in their ignorance, without even considering how reputed IVF clinics with advanced technology and high success rates are able to manage without these so called specialised tests.
Communicating with your doctor
Each Fertility doctors has their own way of communicating with patients. Sometimes their communication techniques are based on their ulterior motives and sometimes based on their beliefs system.
Ulterior motives are usually associated with doctors from small private clinics where making money is a major driving factor. Each prescription and treatment advice is weighed against the cost and the profitability.
Some older doctors who have seen much in their lives are of the mind-set that patients just need to be told what to do and the doctor owes them no explanation for what has been prescribed and recommended.
New age patients are well educated and usually visit a doctor with some background knowledge of the kind of treatment they seek. These patients have the capacity to understand what the doctor is telling them and can also ask relevant questions. If a doctor is not upfront with you or able to clearly explain what you want to know, it is advisable to seek a second opinion.
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