Anyone who has ever watched a late night infomercial knows there are many products being sold that people really don’t need. It might be surprising to learn, however, that many of the tests and prescriptions ordered by medical doctors are just as unnecessary.
Doctors order tests and prescription medication all the time, and according to an article in the “Archives of Internal Medicine,” a little over 75 percent of doctors admitted to “treating patients more aggressively” because they are afraid of being sued.
Aggressive treatment is just the tip of the iceberg. Almost half of the doctors-42 percent-who want to look as if they’re doing a good job and are afraid of medical malpractice cases, admit that they provide “additional, unnecessary, financially-burdensome care.”
In one year, over $6.5 billion dollars was spent on tests and medications that were not necessary, according to researchers at Mount Sinai School of Medicine. The majority of this money was spent on high-priced name brand drugs prescribed by doctors in cases where lower priced generic medications could have been ordered.
High health care costs are a problem for many patients in this country, but cutting back on health care is frowned upon because of the fear that a doctor may misdiagnose a patient or miss something he shouldn’t. Additionally, as long as health care is treated like a business, there will always be those more concerned with the bottom line and profit margins. For example, of the doctors questioned, 62 percent admitted that if specialists weren’t making money off of the additional test and treatments doctors ordered, the number of diagnostic tests performed would be reduced.
These factors mean there will always be doctors who try to sell more treatments, tests, and services than the patient really needs. While patients do not want to delay necessary medical treatment or forgo needed medication, in many cases, patients may profit by getting a second opinion.
Recovery on behalf of the 16-year-old girl injured by electrical malfunction
Jury verdict in a catastrophic injury case
Settlement for a fractured arm in Passaic County
Settlement for a woman in Bergen County injured in a trucking accident
By Teresa R Perez - January, 2018
I have had a great experience thus far. The personal injury process is stressful and they have been helpful and courteous in getting me the right referrals. I was injured while visiting NJ and live in another state, my case is not an easy one but they are working diligently to help. I appreciate the personalized attention and highly recommend this firm.Read More
By Miriam Smith-Leone - December, 2017
The law office was great with my back and neck injury. They directed me to the right doctors and got me a huge settlement. Being a single mom, it help pay off all my debt and bills. Me and my kids can have a bill free christmas, with plenty of food and happiness, stress free. They are the best ever and I would highly recommend them to anyone rich or poor, who has been in an accident and need legal help...Read More
By L C - October, 2017
After the misfortune of suffering an injury, I had the good fortune to choose Seigel Law to represent me. During my initial meeting with Jan Seigel, I found him to be extremely confident and reassuring---he totally put me at ease. I was represented by Mark Mc Bratney---an EXCELLENT attorney. He was supportive and professional through the entire process, and provided an excellent outcome for my case.Read More
By Liliana Paredes - October, 2017
Honest, trustworthy and very straight forward. In unvarnished truth Jonas Siegel will tell you exactly where you stand and what direction you should go. Jonas has tenacity coupled with a degree of tenderness, but never losing site of the end goal, which is to protect, defend and have the best outcome for his clients. I defenetly recoment this law firm. Thanks for helping me out in my case.Read More
By Oren Goldshmidt - September, 2017
I'd like to thank everyone at segal law for the amazing experience they provided me. From the moment I stepped in to the end of the case , segal and his team delivered exactly what they promised. I couldn't have received any better treatment from a law firm. Any concerns, questions or problems I had were addressed and dealt with accordingly...Read More
"The lawyers at Seigel Law know how to get you the results you want. Jan Seigel and His team returned every one of my phone calls, listened to me and worked with me to a desirable outcome. Seigel Law definitely goes above and beyond to protect the injured." - B.M.
"After my car accident, my life turned into a disaster. Dealing with everything became impossible. Jan Seigel and his people helped me with every aspect of my injuries and the insurance companies so I could focus on healing. They helped me through everything and they got me what I was due." - M.P.
"I found the personnel to be very efficient, and work very quickly. I'm happy that I was referred to this firm, because I found that I was very comfortable working with them." - F.V.
"Amazing. I have to say they were very supportive and were able to give me tons of information. I didn't feel rushed and felt they truly cared about my well-being. Their website is also extremely helpful and well setup." - T.D.