Caz- sometimes the care received is great- my wife is getting looked after with her gallstones very well. But their solution is going to ultimately be to remove the gallbladder. Now, she's good about it and has read about loads of people who had a new lease of life after the op. But, to me, she's losing an organ and that would be REALLY a last resort for me. Like most people, she trusts doctors first and foremost, whereas I think they are just one option.
That's doctors for you, as I've mentioned before. Go off and do your own research, because you can be sure 'the good doc' isn't going to be helping you.
Yes, it's a waste of money. It could keep me up at night, worrying how successive governments spunk our hard earned money away, plunging the country further into debt.
I'm sorry your mother passed away needlessly. I lost my Dad when I was 9, because the doctor failed time after time after time, to diagnose his cancer. He kept fobbing him off, saying it was other things. Some in my family say medicine has improved since then. Well, maybe it has, but the fobbing off patients thing doesn't seem to be abating anytime soon.
Extend your commute in that case, as and when, but not every day. Run the long way home, if it varies your route, from time to time as well.
Unless you are the kind of person who eats the exact same meals every week, goes to the same place on holiday for 30 years in a row and knows how many pieces of toilet paper you use, then you need variety.
This is the real silent killer, not heart disease.