Medical industrial complex over here.

A colleague has started providing primary care services to international students based in London. She was shocked to discover that not only American, but many other European female students with experience of health insurance expect to have an annual smear, pelvic ultrasound and hysteroscopy.

I’m horrified by the medical-industrial conversion of a young woman’s pelvis into a site of potential pathology, the profiteering and waste of medical resources on the healthy young and the risks associated with such a high risk of false postive results in screening, but I think we’ll be seeing a lot more of it over here before long.

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