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Americans get too much healthcare, their docs say

Frederik Joelving
Reuters [1]
Sept 27, 2011

Here is a diagnosis of what’s wrong with health care in America, straight from the horse’s mouth: There’s too much.

In a new poll of primary care physicians, nearly half of them said their patients received too much medical care and more than a quarter said they were practicing more aggressively than they’d like to.

That could mean ordering more tests, prescribing more drugs or diagnosing people with diseases, although they would never have experienced any symptoms.

On the other hand, just six percent of doctors believed their patients were getting too little care.

“Physicians at the frontline of medical care are telling us that their patients are getting too much care,” said Dr. Brenda Sirovich of the VA Medical Center in White River Junction, Vermont, who worked on the survey. “And we don’t think we are just talking about the 627 physicians that we surveyed.”

Full article here [1]