I got information about PSA tests
I then talked to two other doctors about the PSA test. They asked me whether I had already had any problems with my prostate or noticed any symptoms. I hadn’t, and both of them said there’s no need for me to have a PSA test. The prostate gland can be checked in other ways too, and you don’t have to pay for them yourself. So I was sure that I didn’t want to have a PSA test.
The urologist had also recommended several other IGeL services. As I already said, I’m not a fan of them. I never went back to that doctor, and have also advised other people not to go to him.
A while ago I read an article in the newspaper which said that the treatments and tests that are offered as IGeL services often aren’t necessary. A friend of mine is a doctor, and I asked him what he thought about it – and he said the same. So I’m even more skeptical now.
The doctor who recommended that I have a PSA test back then didn’t even tell me that he could have done other examinations to check my prostate. Digital rectal examinations (ed. note: feeling the prostate with a finger) and ultrasound examinations are paid for by statutory health insurers. I asked a friend of mine who’s a doctor to check my prostate using those examinations, and he didn’t find anything unusual. If he had, I still could have done a PSA test then.