Based on a personal experience, in this paper I discuss the impact of investigations-before-examinations on healthcare costs, patient safety, and the quality of care. Unnecessary tests, such as x-rays, can lead to a cascade of further investigations due to incidental findings and contribute to cumulative radiation exposure.
I explore the power dynamics within the patient-physician relationship and highlight the challenges patients face in questioning medical recommendations and the need for shared decision-making based on individual preferences. The article emphasizes the importance of aligning incentives in healthcare, proposing a shift from a profit-driven model to one that values comprehensive evaluations, personalized medicine, and patient-centered care.
I encourage a shift in medical practice, calling for physicians to prioritize detailed histories, physical examinations, and patient engagement. By doing so, healthcare professionals can reduce unnecessary investigations, improve patient experiences, and ensure the delivery of high-quality, individualized care.