There’s an epidemic of overtreatment.
Many patients and doctors believe more is better when it comes to medical care.
But there’s an epidemic of overtreatment. Doctors are ordering too many scans, too many blood tests, too many procedures for their patients and it is costing the nation’s health care system at least $210 billion a year, according to the Institute of Medicine. It is also taking a human toll in pain, emotional suffering, severe complications and even death.