Today 17 societies of medical specialties, ranging from pediatrics to geriatrics released reports on unnecessary medical procedures that are wasting money, time and putting patients at risk. A new report takes aim at streamlining healthcare and reducing waste by advising that useless procedures not be done. This is part of a campaign called “Choosing Wisely” which is organized by the American Board of Internal Medicine’s foundation. The reports aim to spread the word to doctors and to patients that may not necessarily be better.
More than a third of the primary-care doctors in a Consumer Reports survey, for example, said that their patients very frequently or quite often asked for unnecessary or duplicative medical tests. And two-thirds of the doctors said they had agreed to at least one such request. Other research suggests that up to a third of all medical care delivered in the U.S. may be unnecessary. All that needless care can be harmful to your health”and your wallet. And any money spent on tests you don’t need is money down the drain.
Hopefully, doctors and patients will pay attention to this list and put the recommendations to use. If so, this could translate into shorter wait times in the doctor’s office and less time waiting for procedures for those who actually need them. For the full list, click here.
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