Disease at any price: Psychological challenge and the financial costs of somatization

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Abstract

In clinical medicine we sometimes deal with patients with unexplained somatic complaints. In a 45-year-old woman with multiple somatic complaints, 2 years of medical examinations in search of a disease diagnosis cost almost 250,000 shekels (about $84,000). The differential diagnosis between somatization, hypochondriasis and psychosomatic pain, and the reasons why physicians are tempted to participate in the "investigation dance" are presented.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)19-22
Number of pages4
JournalHarefuah
Volume130
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1 Jan 1996

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