Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Americans get too much healthcare, their docs say

And other people are not getting enough because they can't afford it. Doctor's are not likely to have them as patients.

By Frederik Joelving

NEW YORK | Mon Sep 26, 2011 5:45pm EDT

(Reuters Health) - 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.



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