From the Center for Health Journalism: It is a commonly held belief that more medical care is always better; however, overtreatment can be harmful to patients and lead to dangerous outcomes. It is important to take steps to reduce unnecessary care and help patients make more informed health care decisions.
“Overtreats” is an interesting word. Don’t they mean, “recommends ‘treatments’ that are unnecessary and potentially dangerous, in violation of medical ethics?”
In psychiatry it’s often more than, “recommends ‘treatments’ that are unnecessary and potentially dangerous, in violation of medical ethics?”
It should have a separate note for psychiatry that reads,” incarcerates and forces treatments that have been proven to be neither efficacious nor safe and that are frequently known to be dangerous, upon people who cannot be proven to have any illness, in violation of medical ethics, human rights and international agreements”.
Let’s be clear, we overtgreat some patients and under treat others. Ones insurance status has a great deal to do with the treatments offered as my fiancé and I recently discovered and I’ve spoken about in comments on other posts. My doctor gets about $15 per visit with me from Medicare. My fiancé’ doctor got $75 from UHC plus $85 cash copay for each visit. They aggressively called for weeks after his last visit to get him to go get the CT scan and see the surgeon he was referred to. My doctor had zero interest and sent me home without a single follow up. Same symptoms. Money makes the world go round. I’ll bleed out before I’ll trust a doctor again.