As needing a referral myself quite recently for a steroid injection, I had to make an appointment to see my GP, for him to refer me to himself through 'choose and book'. What a waste of time and money. Once the appointment was arranged. 'Choose and book' still kept sending me letters to say I hadn't contacted them, more waste!!
There is more to this than meets the eye. Inappropriate diagnosis has such a knock on effect with health and travel insurance, for example. You are loaded if you have EVER had a test for high cholesterol, NOT if your cholesterol is high. I can see if one EVER has a test for dementia going the same way. Are insurance companies funding the government, I wonder?
As an over 60 year old with diabetes, and a few other issues, I am sick of having to live my life being constantly reminded I am 'sick'. I want to live my life with pleasure, how ever long or short that may be, not being part of a statistic or a tick box exercise, or worrying about everything I eat, drink, do or don't do, and being made to feel guilty if I have a treat every now and again. If my GP starts to ask me memory questions, then I will shoot from the hip. Why do they want me or others to live longer anyway, when we are a financial burden anyway, that concept doesn't add up. Believe it or not, I have been a senior registered nurse for over 40 years, not in denial, just want to enjoy my life.
Working on a stroke unit, we are seeing quite a few patients with stroke admitted on alendronate. Our professor has a theory about this, although not proven. I personally have been diagnosed with osteoporosis, but wouldn't touch any of the drugs approved for osteoporosis with a bargepole. I don't want to end up being a fossil.