Feeling in the mood for something light on my long flight home today I picked up a copy of Men’s Health. They have a formula that makes the magazine kind of repetitive from issue to issue (a couple stories on workouts, something on sex, something on money or careers, something on food, etc.) –but I like to read it every few months.
In Is Your Surgeon Scamming You? the Men’s Health folks lay out four ways to “spot a greedy doctor”
- You need a pricey scan, for no reason. (They’ll find some anomaly and you’ll be on your way to intervention)
- Surgery is the first option on the table. (There’s almost always an alternative)
- They can fit in your surgery tomorrow! (They’re worried you’ll change your mind)
- Your second opinion is down the hall. (A close colleague is unlikely to offer a dissenting view)
All this is good advice.
It reminds me of a time many years ago when my shoulder was bothering me. My internist brought in an orthopedic surgeon to have a look. Sure enough, he recommended surgery.
I told my dad, and he said, “Surgeons like to cut.” It’s a good thing they do, too. I’m not claiming that a surgeon will never recommend against surgery or suggest a non-surgical intervention, just that it’s a good idea to have a trustworthy primary care physician to talk things through with.May 21, 2007