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Best Answer Abby Campbell says
Thank you for the helpful tips. I use the CVS Minute Clinic for immunizations, and non-emergency things like congestion, sore throat, rash, etc.
Jim Miller says
I've always felt that the purpose of routine tests and doctor visits is more of a CYA policy for the medical profession. Doctors are afraid of getting sued for missing something.
As we get older, good health is one of our greatest assets. Developing good habits of sleep, diet, and exercise go a long way.
Gable Rhoads says
The high cost of medical tests can be prohibitive. It's important to always ask what is absolutely necessary. Clinics and cash discounts can help when needed.
Thank you for yur honest answer. Even with health insurance (self-employed) costs can be astronomical w/ very high deductibles. One must be patient and attuned to his/her body and really choose wisely before undergoing expensive tests and procedures.
Sadly, your feelings are quite common. The long wait for the doctor then the bum's rush once you're seen is very unsatisfying. Concerns are often unaddressed because of time constraints, and the doctors seem overworked and grumpy. Then it costs $$$ !
Lor's Stories says
It's good strategy to ask what is REALLY needed. Blood tests can be a routine request, but then again, they give the doctor a complete look at your metabolic function.