Every now and again I see someone who is interested in buying an electronic stethoscope. I think it's great for people with hearing impediments. But I think it should stop there. If you keep going, then what is the difference between a stethoscope and a portable ultrasound or echo machine?
Patient: "Hi, I'm booked for a Stethoscopy?"
Receptionist: "Yes, Mr Patient. Please take a seat. The Cardiologist will be with you soon."
Cardiologist: "Hi, Mr Patient. Please come in, and remove your shirt. Today we'll be doing an auscultation."
Patient: "That's a fancy piece of equipment there, doctor."
Cardiologist: "Yes, it's worth a fortune and has revolutionised how we charge, um, I mean, examine patients these days."
... Cardiologist performs auscultation and 45 minutes later ...
Cardiologist: "Thanks Mr Patient, that's the end of the auscultatory investigation. We'll analyse your heart sounds on the computer this evening and send the report to your GP."
Receptionist: "That will be $150 Mr Patient. Please sign this form and Medicare will reimburse you... um, nothing."
Cardiologist (in his office): "Mwaa ha ha ha ha ha ha! Just to think that would take 2 minutes with a regular stethoscope and I'd be making nothing on it! God thank the genius who turned auscultation into a separate complex investigation! Mwaa ha ha ha ha ha!"