135 medical tests, procedures and treatments you and your doctor should question: The Frugal Patient
Check out choosingwisely.org.
The website lists 135 medical procedures, tests and treatments that patients and doctors should question.
On the list: feeding tubes in people with advanced dementia, urinary catheters for convenience in patients who aren't critically ill and cesarean deliveries before 39 weeks of pregnancy that aren't medically necessary.
This isn't any old list. It was organized by the American Board of Internal Medicine Foundation and pulled together by 17 respected medical organizations including the American Academy of Family Physicians, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American College of Surgeons and the Society of Hospital Medicine.
And it has support from Consumer Reports and AARP.
I know some of the medical lingo on the Choosing Wisely site is difficult to understand. With help from health experts, I'll be explaining them one-by-one in future blog posts.