“Overtreatment Is Taking a Harmful Toll.” By Tara Parker-Pope, The New York Times

When it comes to medical care, many patients and doctors believe more is better. But an epidemic of overtreatment — too many scans, too many blood tests, too many procedures — is costing the nation’s health care system at least $210 billion a year, according to the Institute of Medicine, and taking a human toll in pain, emotional suffering, severe complications and even death. “What people are not realizing is that sometimes the test poses harm,” said Shannon Brownlee, acting director of the health policy program at the New America Foundation and the author of “Overtreated: Why Too Much Medicine Is Making Us Sicker and Poorer.”

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Related: “Reasons why doctors overtreat and overtest”  by Robert Centor, MD on KevinMD.com November 7, 2012.

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