Alarm at overuse and underuse of medical procedures: Lancet report

There are renewed concerns about the overuse and the underuse of medical treatments within the health system in Australia.

A new series of reports by the Lancet has found the overuse of some surgeries and medicines are more likely to cause harm than good, while the underuse of others means patients are missing out on effective and affordable medical interventions.

The authors say the global economic burden of both problems is immense.

It’s estimated up to a third of surgical procedures and medicines are either used to excess or inadequately.

Featured:  Paul Glasziou, Professor of Evidence-Based Medicine at Bond University

http://www.abc.net.au/pm/content/2016/s4602138.htm

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