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Ask your doctor: how will this treatment benefit me?

Ask your doctor: how will this treatment benefit me?

In an effort to curb wasteful medical tests, nine medical societies representing nearly 375,000 docs are challenging the widely held perception that more healthcare is better care. It has released a list of 45 tests and treatments their members should no longer automatically order. It’s ok to ask your doctor how will this test or […]

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More is not better when it comes to healthcare

Here we go again! You’ve probably noticed I’ve been posting a lot about fraud in healthcare because it appears to be so prevalent. Well, I consider overtreatment to be a form of fraud, especially, when published practice guidelines are not followed. The NY Times reported that more than 25,000 defibrillators-22.5% of the total- that were implanted into patients between 2006 and […]

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MRIs Are Often Overused in Diagnosing Sports Injuries

The US has the most expensive healthcare system in the world, literally lapping the costs of all other industrialized countries. About one quarter of our healthcare costs—$700 billion annually (5% of GDP)—comes from unnecessary care, tests and procedures that generate huge profits to providers while adding nothing nothing to our overall health or being deadly. […]

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How Will This Test Benefit Me?

How Will This Test Benefit Me?

It’s ok to ask your doctor how will this test or treatment benefit me. In fact, it behooves you to ask! Hundreds of billions of dollars are spent on unnecessary treatments that are expensive and can be life-threatening, largely because none of us will spend the time getting the information we need to ask our […]

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Take Control of Your Healthcare To Prevent Medical Mistakes

Take Control of Your Healthcare To Prevent Medical Mistakes

I found some information yesterday that amazed me. Researchers found that about half of U.S. malpractice payments, which is one measurement of medical errors, from 2009 involved patients seen outside of the hospital. Yes, that’s right. Right in the doctors’ offices. The other half are inpatient mistakes, mainly from surgical errors. Invasive and high-technology diagnostic […]

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