You have it all wrong Bill.. I don't have anything against Australia or it's health care system..You folks live just as long if not longer than we do..
Here in the States, health care is a fast growing, profit driven business. Treatment recommendations always seem to gravitate towards what is the most expensive possible choice..No effort (yet) has been made to cut costs..If we have insurance, someone else pays the bills (most of it anyway) so we don't care what it costs..Those millions of us without insurance must depend on charity or simply get sick and die..
All I meant by the sentence you quoted is that our doctors are profit driven private businessmen who no doubt look at things differently than a secure public employee who only has to consider the cost / benefit equation when deciding on a patients treatment.online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703794104575546433109035578.html
PSA at age 55: 3.5, DRE normal. Advice, "Keep an eye on it".
age 58: 4.5
age 61: 5.2
age 64: 7.5, DRE "Abnormal"
age 65: 8.5, " normal", biopsy, 12 core, negative...
age 66 9.0 "normal", 2ed biopsy, negative, BPH, Proscar
age 67 4.5 DRE "normal"
age 68 7.0 third biopsy positive, 4 out of 12, G-6,7, 9
RRP Sept 3 2010, pos margin, one pos vesicle nodes neg. Post Op PSA 0.9