“Health News Review and What’s Wrong (and Right) With the Media”


HealthNewsReview.org founder Gary Schwitzer talks to New York Magazine on the media coverage of medical research. “We in journalism have to look in the mirror and accept not all, but some significant degree, of responsibility for the fact that we spend a greater percentage of GDP on health care than anybody on the face of the earth, and we don’t have the outcomes to show for it,” Schwitzer says. “We see that every day, with this pill for every ill, whipping the worried well into a frenzy, raising unrealistic expectations about what health care can deliver — and in so doing, raising undue demand for unproven technologies that, once we do have the evidence, we might find cause more harm than good.”

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