A doctor I am going to next week

Next Thursday, July 5, 2012 I am going to Dr. Wei Fun Sung in Fresh Meadows, NY. Did any one ever use this doctor and if so how is this doctor? Is this doctor
an alarmist? Does this doctor take bloods tests even though you are not coming for that reason? If I tell this doctor no to tests how does this doctor react to that?

Any info on this doctor will be appreciated. I hate alarmists and I dont like routine blood tests. I have been to doctors who are alarmists and I hate them with a passion.

I checked the ratings, but no

I checked the ratings, but no one has rated this doc yet.

In my experience with doctors, they consider routine blood work very important. If he's a good doctor, he's going to order blood work. I don't think I would go to a doctor that didn't, personally.

Dont take this the wrong way

Dont take this the wrong way rockygirl but I think people who want a doctor to do routine blood work are hypochondriacs. I am not one so I dont want a doctor to do that unless I go in with something serious and they need to find out what it is. I also hate doctors that are alarmists and send you for un-necessary tests.

lover454 wrote: Dont take

lover454 wrote:

Dont take this the wrong way rockygirl but I think people who want a doctor to do routine blood work are hypochondriacs. I am not one so I dont want a doctor to do that unless I go in with something serious and they need to find out what it is. I also hate doctors that are alarmists and send you for un-necessary tests.

I assume every pregnant women who goes for her first OB visit is a hypochondriac, since she gets routine blood tests. You don't want a doctor to order routine blood tests unless you go in with something serious. Who determines the severity of the condition, the Internet, you, the physician or the routine blood test? Question: What is your definition of an alarmist physician?

Hi lover454. I am not sure my

Hi lover454.

I am not sure my doctor would have taken me on as a new patient if I refused blood work at least for the first visit in order to have a basis to start.

Generally if I have not been in for a few years he gives me the paper work for blood tests and a breast exam. It is up to me if I want to actually go in and have those done. I generally don’t. I think every 5 years is sufficient whereas he would have the tests done every year. That is overkill in my opinion, but I do have the choice.

If you are a rather young person I can understand your sentiment, but to claim someone is a hypochondriac because they have routine blood work is out of line in my opinion, especially for older patients and those who have medical issues.

An alarmist doctor is one who

An alarmist doctor is one who sends you on a wild goose chase by making you take every test even though you dont need it. This has happened to me to many times and I never ask for this. When I was 28 I was losing my hearing (well hard of hearing) so I went to a doctor at a upscale and A+ hospital. He thought I had an aneurysm so he sent me for tests, thank God it was nothing. Before that I had broken out in a rash so I went to a recommended dermatologist. His associate looked at me and said "You are thin so you might have Marfans syndrome" so he sent me for a battery of tests - did not have it. And all I did was go to a dermatologist for a rash on my arm. Two years ago when I went for my routine mamo the doctor who read the mamo wanted me to come back for more tests, turned out to be nothing.

And last year a new internist I went to took routine blood tests and called me three weeks later on a Saturday to tell me that my hemoglobin was up a drop and after the New Year I should come back to be retested. I did not go and I spoke to my friends gf and she told me that this doctor just wanted more money from the insurance company. His gf works for an insurance company and she deals with doctors like this all the time.

Pregnancy is different, they need blood tests. I am talking about people that just let the doctor take blood tests for no reason.

The doctor determines how bad but this does not mean the doctor has the right to schedule all kinds of tests, the doctors who do this too much are just out to bill the insurance company. Doctors who do once-in-awhile are doing it to rule out diseases.

I am not young, I am 56

I am not young, I am 56 almost 57. But here is what I replied to another poster.

An alarmist doctor is one who sends you on a wild goose chase by making you take every test even though you dont need it. This has happened to me to many times and I never ask for this. When I was 28 I was losing my hearing (well hard of hearing) so I went to a doctor at a upscale and A+ hospital. He thought I had an aneurysm so he sent me for tests, thank God it was nothing. Before that I had broken out in a rash so I went to a recommended dermatologist. His associate looked at me and said "You are thin so you might have Marfans syndrome" so he sent me for a battery of tests - did not have it. And all I did was go to a dermatologist for a rash on my arm. Two years ago when I went for my routine mamo the doctor who read the mamo wanted me to come back for more tests, turned out to be nothing.

And last year a new internist I went to took routine blood tests and called me three weeks later on a Saturday to tell me that my hemoglobin was up a drop and after the New Year I should come back to be retested. I did not go and I spoke to my friends gf and she told me that this doctor just wanted more money from the insurance company. His gf works for an insurance company and she deals with doctors like this all the time.

Pregnancy is different, they need blood tests. I am talking about people that just let the doctor take blood tests for no reason.

The doctor determines how bad but this does not mean the doctor has the right to schedule all kinds of tests, the doctors who do this too much are just out to bill the insurance company. Doctors who do once-in-awhile are doing it to rule out diseases.

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lover454 wrote: I am not

lover454 wrote:

I am not young, I am 56 almost 57. But here is what I replied to another poster.

An alarmist doctor is one who sends you on a wild goose chase by making you take every test even though you dont need it.

Some patients trust their doctors to do the right thing and don’t ask questions.

Doctors are usually protecting their behinds from a lawsuit when they order extra tests. It makes it difficult for the patient to know if the tests are necessary.

It sounds like what you are really looking for is a doctor who is not paranoid about getting sued. Good luck. Smiling Maybe try Canada. I hear the doctors there don't do a lot of extra testing.

I don't know anything about the doctor you plan to visit, but I hope it is someone who is willing to work with you.

There wouldnt be so many

There wouldnt be so many lawsuits if there were other ways for people to become doctors. Right now the way they are getting their degrees stinks. If doctors were better trained then there would be less mis-diagnosed illnesses. The last doctor I went to I just went for a flu shot and she took routine blood tests for no reason and then called me on a Saturday to tell me that my hemoglobin was up a drop and I should come in to her office after the New Year to re-test. I did not go. She called me a week before Christmas week 2011. It was up not even a point.

They have to stop being scared of lawsuits and deal with the lawsuit when it happens. Dont give patients un-necessary tests just to cover your (the doctor) butt

The best way in which to have

The best way in which to have your medical issue addressed is to tell the doctor your symptoms.

You should let the doctor decide if bloodwork is necessary, and inform him of your concerns regarding
blood tests.

I would not rely on internet hearsay, as this is very unreliable.

lover454 wrote: The last

lover454 wrote:

The last doctor I went to I just went for a flu shot and she took routine blood tests for no reason and then called me on a Saturday to tell me that my hemoglobin was up a drop and I should come in to her office after the New Year to re-test. I did not go. She called me a week before Christmas week 2011. It was up not even a point.

They have to stop being scared of lawsuits and deal with the lawsuit when it happens. Dont give patients un-necessary tests just to cover your (the doctor) butt

I have a pretty good GP, and he does order the ROUTINE blood work, but like I said I usually only have it done every 5 years.

I am still young at the age of 54, so I have a few more years before I’m old like you. Smiling

I usually have my blood work and mammo done a week before my pap, so when I go in he can go over the test results with me. One time a number was WAY off. He said not to worry; it must be a mistake. I was fine with that. I DID listen to my doctor and trusted his judgment. I am still alive to tell the tale. Had he requested further tests to be done I certainly would have followed his advice.

As far as the hearsay comment, I am only expressing my experiences and opinions. I assume you and most readers are smart enough to take what you read with a grain of salt. I agree it is always best to ask questions and express your concerns about the importance of testing. There could be other reasons which you are unaware as to why the doctor wanted to retest your hemoglobin numbers.

lover454 wrote: There wouldnt

lover454 wrote:

There wouldnt be so many lawsuits if there were other ways for people to become doctors. Right now the way they are getting their degrees stinks. If doctors were better trained then there would be less mis-diagnosed illnesses.

I am curious what other ways you think doctors should get their education. Do you mean jumping right into medical school without the 4 year college degree?

Doctors are in a lifelong learning profession which requires them to constantly maintain and improve their competence, keeping updated on new technology and practices. I suppose some doctors don’t keep up to date as well as they should. I am not sure how or if that is monitored.

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