If I had groused two years ago that we were getting doctored to death, you would’ve thought me obtuse. When I claim today, though, that every head bump doesn’t need an MRI, you get it.
There’s a growing buzz about Americans receiving too much health care. In fact, overtesting and overtreatment are the main source of health care’s amazing expense. You can find a nice summary of this thinking in an authoritative recent essay by Atul Gawande. The story’s not over, though, as effective organizations like Right Care Alliance, the National Patient Safety Foundation, and Patient Safety America and are addressing the problem.
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