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Unnecessary Tests and Ethics of Quality of Care
Patients' requests for unnecessary medical tests erode health care quality for all. Commentary by G. Caleb Alexander, MD Mr. Mansion, 69, has a history of poorly controlled hypertension, obesity, and a 30-year, pack-a-day smoking habit. During a visit with his primary care physician, Dr. Lal, for a routine annual examination, Mr. Mansion's physical examination is within normal limits with the exception of the conditions noted above. After the examination is over, Mr. Mansion questions Dr. Laldoi:10.1001/virtualmentor.2004.6.6.ccas3-0406 pmid:23260635 fatcat:nl6vekz7izge3pomo4q6jx4gve