Sunday, January 31, 2010


I heard a report that doctors were refusing to do simple pathology tests in the surgery, preferring to send them out to the pathology companies.

This is something I know a bit about.

You can now buy a gadget which measures the good and the bad cholesterol, other blood fats and blood sugar levels at the drop of a hat.

Routine tests of this nature are easy to do. The doctor's receptionist, even the drover's dog could do them at the drop of a hat.

Instead the doctor is wasting his or her time doing the menial task of drawing blood, sending it off in a chauffeur-driven car to the pathologist, and then getting the patient to come back to discus the results.

It's another medical rigmarole. No wonder they say they're too busy. They're creating rods for their own back and wasting the time and money of their customers into the bargain.

The doctors say the Medicare rebate get isn't as large as the rebate the pathology companies get. This is all bunkum. There shouldn't be a rebate for these tests lat all because the cost of doing them is so low. The only fee is for the doctor's time (better still receptionist's time and the consumables.

I've done theses tests when doing corporate health assessments. They're dead easy and take no time to do. Less than five minutes, half the time spent talking to your customer while waiting for the machine to spew out the results.

On the track
I stayed up very late last night finishing off the 'Fix Back Pain' book.

You can get a copy of the ebook version at

Went of a walk with the boys, even took a short cut I was so tired.

There will be better days.

In the mean time stay tuned, highly tuned and admire the way the medical industry has turned into an art form, the business of complicating the simple and making the cheap expensive.

John Miller

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