Apr 10, 2021
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The business of the snatchers. How to find a doctor who sees you as a source of profit

Is it possible to determine that you are being misdiagnosed? What are the main methods of medical scammers?

It is not necessary to treat analyzes, but a patient

Let’s make a reservation right away: we have the majority of conscientious doctors, and some of them risk their lives for the sake of patients, of which an example is today’s fight against coronavirus. But, unfortunately, there are also unscrupulous doctors, whose main task is to rip off more money from the patient and tie him to the clinic. They will be discussed.

Deception begins with a diagnosis. A fraudulent doctor will write you a bunch of directions for all kinds of tests, CT, MRI and other laboratory, radiological, instrumental studies, the purpose of which is to make the clinic earn money. In addition, the longer the list of tests, the higher the likelihood of finding some minor deviations, which means new additional examinations, and then treatment. At the same time, the golden medical rule is ignored – it is not the tests that need to be treated, but the patient.

In general, “test treatment” is a very common practice of making money. For example, you can endlessly sow Staphylococcus aureus from a child’s feces and spend tens of thousands of rubles on expensive antibiotics and means of restoring intestinal flora. Although in 99% of cases, the detection of this bacterium in a smear does not mean anything and does not require any special measures.

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Treatment of the healthy

Urologists, gynecologists, andrologists and dermatovenerologists sin with excessive research. A person comes to a private clinic: there are no special complaints, just to be checked. As a result, he receives a course of powerful drugs.

“We are talking about studies to identify bacteria, viruses and other microorganisms that can be detected in the urinary tract. First of all, we are talking about chlamydia, mycoplasma, ureaplasma. These are the so-called new pathogens of sexually transmitted infections. They began to be identified only in the 1980s and 1990s, when more advanced diagnostic methods appeared. These microorganisms cause disease under certain conditions in only a small number of people. Treatment, except in isolated cases, is not required. But, as experience shows, patients in private clinics are often unreasonably prescribed antibiotics. And sometimes there is more harm from them than from the microbes themselves. From allergic reactions to the formation of antibiotic-resistant bacteria, which will then cause infections that are difficult to treat, says Doctor of Medical Sciences, Professor, Corresponding Member of the Russian Academy of Sciences and Chief Specialist of the Ministry of Health of the Russian Federation in Clinical Microbiology and Antimicrobial Resistance Roman Kozlov. – We also face the fact that patients are often given repeated courses of treatment, which they really do not need. This is a consequence of misdiagnosis and the pursuit of profit. As a result, a person leaves the clinic with problems that he didn’t have before. ”

Another medical gold mine is cancer markers. According to experts, they are needed only by those who have a high risk of developing the disease (for example, with poor heredity). But they are recommended to everyone in a row, using people’s fear of the word “cancer”. Patients are assured that markers will show its presence / absence at an early stage. However, these tests are inaccurate, very often they are false positive. As a result, people undergo expensive and complex examinations to find a tumor. But she is not. And it’s not even about the money spent. Just imagine what kind of stress a person experiences in such a situation.

So that you are not deceived

– At the reception, you do not need to silently nod your head. Do not hesitate to ask your doctor what is hidden behind this or that term, why you need research and the drugs that he prescribes. It is best to write down everything said by the doctor right there in a notebook. A fraudster from medicine, seeing your pedantry, involvement in the process and a notebook in his hands, will once again think: what kind of patient is in front of him, whether it is necessary to risk deceiving him. In addition, the notes will help you then double-check what the doctor ordered.

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