Americaâ€™s Epidemic of Unnecessary Care
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Atul Gawande continues his lonely struggle against overtreatment, overdiagnosis, and overinterpretation of medical data.
Keep fighting for what's right, Atul!
Virtually every family in the country, the research indicates, has been subject to overtesting and overtreatment in one form or another. The costs appear to take thousands of dollars out of the paychecks of every household each year. Researchers have come to refer to financial as well as physical â€śtoxicitiesâ€ť of inappropriate careâ€”including reduced spending on food, clothing, education, and shelter. Millions of people are receiving drugs that arenâ€™t helping them, operations that arenâ€™t going to make them better, and scans and tests that do nothing beneficial for them, and often cause harm.