(By – Julie Appleby, Kaiser Health News)
When the Institute of Medicine came out last month with a report saying almost every American will experience a medical diagnostic error, Leslie Michelson wasn’t surprised.
He runs Private Health Management, a Los Angeles based company that – for a substantial fee – helps patients figure out what’s wrong with them, often after an array of doctors have failed to do so. The firm gathers the client’s medical records, selects experts in the condition for which the patient has been diagnosed, refers biopsy results for second opinions – and often sends patients to meet with top-tier specialists. Sometimes, they find the patient doesn’t have the condition originally diagnosed. Other times, the diagnosis is correct, but the treatment is not. His firm’s services are costly, running into the tens of thousands of dollars. Read more…
Kaiser Health News is a nonprofit national health policy news service that is part of the nonpartisan Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation.
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