Overtreated: how too much medical care is bad for your heath

Jul 12, 2010

Americans spend 50-percent more on health care than any other country. But if you look at the numbers, it isn’t buying us better health. Medical overtreatment isn’t new. Most people know it’s a challenge in end-of-life care, emergency room medicine, back pain and cancer treatment, where it’s especially difficult to broach with patients. And when it comes to CT scans, the crisis is growing. The causes are as complex as the problem is pervasive. Doctors, patients and insurance companies are all to blame. But what can be done about it? What efforts are underway to address overtreatment? What should patients do to educate themselves? And what, if anything, does the new health care law do to fix all this?

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