Apologies to Smara for the OT rant
Sadly, that is all too true, and everyone shares culpability - patients who insist on unnecessary tests and procedures, doctors who order them and tack on service charges, hospitals and facilities that encourage them and tack on more service charges, insurance companies and Medicare that rubber stamp and pay for them. I always ask, "how much is that going to cost?" and doctors look at me like I just landed from another planet. While "post-truth" was the OED word of the year, I've got to believe that "cost-toxicity" is not far behind.
Allen - not an MD
•PSA=7.3, prostate volume=55cc, 8/17 cores G6 5-35% involvement
•SBRT 9 yr onc. results
•SBRT 7 yr QOL results
•treated 10/2010 at age 57 at UCLA,PSA now: 0.1,no lasting urinary, rectal or sexual SEsmy PC blog