The value of medical tests in medical treatment seems obvious to most of us. In fact, most of us expect that a doctor will order tests to identify the cause of a problem or to confirm a diagnosis prior to treatment. For some of us, a visit to a doctor or an emergency room should include some kind of tests. Everything we have been taught about medicine and medical treatment underscores the value of medical tests.
How should we react when we seek medical treatment or diagnosis and no tests are ordered? Should we be grateful that we will be spared the cost, should we be relieved that tests are not necessary, or should we ask why no medical tests were ordered? Should we ask if this is medical malpractice? [Read more…]