I did recommend that my mother in law's Sister go to a Life Line Screening.
She has no Health Insurance and has been smoking forever. I told her about
the differences of registered technologist.
I see it this way if it is a cheaper way to find out if you have disease
then do it. I would send my parents too. Not everyone is blessed with
Health insurance or money to cover if there is a health issue and are
probably right at the cut off for government help. Which doesn't pay for
about half of the reasons to do our exams.
I also perform screenings at the hospital I work at we charge like 35
dollars for the study just enough to cover for the staffs overtime. We do
these on saturdays about once a month. The people that have come have been
mainly healthy people worried about their health, but we do get a few that
should be following up with their doctors. I sit and discuss with the
patient what I saw and what it means and depending on the situation I tell
the patient to follow up with their doctor and we send a little preliminary
to the doctor. If the situation is that the patient needs a doctor
immediately or quickly I can take them to the ER. A lot of patients are
doing this for piece of mind. I have yet had the need to take anyone to ER
(KNOCK ON WOOD). The people I see are thankful to be able to find out for
much less than a full exam.
Ok enough of my ramble.
Tabitha Tuitele, RVT
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