It can lead to unnecessary testing
"Often times the patient doing research online is very wrong in their assumptions, and the treatments that they have chosen for themselves are unnecessary, costly, and often dangerous." Dr. Rich said, a fact that the table of PAs and doctors confirmed.
"You can't really doubt a patient's symptoms," one PA who worked for a General Practitioner told me. "Often times, the only way to soothe a patient, is to test him or her on what they think they might have, and that involves a lot of expensive, often unnecessary tests—ultrasounds, x-rays, etc. Doctors, in general, strive to cut back on unnecessary testing, and this is very counterintuitive to that."
Dr. Kaplan said, "I'd much rather have a patient come in as a blank slate, without diagnosis for their problems. I want them to give me symptoms, so I can make the diagnosis."