A patient walks into a doctor’s office for a diagnosis of whatever ails him. A time-consuming, costly battery of tests follows that comes up with a targeted diagnosis many hundreds of dollars and days later. However, in Latin America the doctor examines the patient, asks a few questions, and 15 minutes later has a short list of differential diagnoses. This is the two or three candidates for the cause. Then, one-by-one, corrections are made until the right one is found. It’s almost always the first or the second educated guess. This is Latin medicine, on-the-spot diagnosis and treatment that prevents costly, time consuming lab tests. I’ve been through it a hundred times for my zoology of past and healed problems. One doctor in Mexicali told me that he could practice in the USA, but prefers Mexico because of this protocol.





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  1. Ed on March 28, 2015 10:37 pm

    Yes, but what would that do to the medical diagnostic companies that grease the protocol standards to their favor? Superfluous tests and unnecessary diagnostics are big business.

  2. Edward Lam on April 1, 2015 12:00 pm

    Yes, this is an enormous cost burden on U.S. healthcare. c.f. Gerd Gigerenzer, Risk Saavy for more details on the problems with Doctors and patients decision making processes.


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