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Dr. Ken's Corner: Are Americans Getting Too Much Medical Care?

Posted by Ken Teufel M.D. on Jun 24, 2015 4:32:34 PM

Nearly one-half of primary care physicians say their patients receive too much medical care.  Only 6% say  they are receiving too little.  This is according to a  random sampling of 627 practicing physicians published in  the Archives of Internal Medicine.  Doctors themselves  admit that there's way too much testing and overly  aggressive screening.  As a result, otherwise healthy  individuals become "patients," "suffering" from conditions that would never have  caused a problem in the first place -- a slightly increased  cholesterol, a mildly elevated blood pressure, or a slowly  developing prostate cancer.  Once a diagnosis has been  made, doctors are pretty much obligated to "do  something" about it.

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Topics: Archives of Internal Medicine, Brenda Sirovich, Dr. Ken's Corner, Dr. Ken Teufel, overdiagnosis, patient care, too much medical care, unnecessary care

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